John McTiernan has run out of ways to get out of serving a year in prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided it would not hear the Die Hard director’s appeal to reverse his guilty plea in the case. McTiernan was sentenced to 12 months behind bars in October 2010 after pleading guilty that summer to two counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2006 and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. McTiernan had played fast and loose with the truth with the bureau: He denied ever talking about wiretapping with Pellicano. However, the FBI had recordings of the Hollywood P.I. talking about McTiernan hiring him to wiretap producer Chuck Roven during the making of 2002′s Rollerball. Pellicano is currently serving 15 years in jail on racketeering charges.
Director John McTiernan’s appeal of a 12-month prison sentence for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal was rejected today by the federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit. The judge in the case had allowed McTiernan to remain free pending his appeal. Today’s decision, which you can read here, means that the director of Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October and other movies might have to begin serving his prison sentence at any time. McTiernan was sentenced in October 2010 after pleading guilty in July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. McTiernan lied about hiring Pellicano and the wiretapping of producer Chuck Roven while the filmmakers were shooting 2002′s Rollerball. In addition to the prison term, McTiernan was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a total fine of $100,000. McTiernan appealed and that appeal was rejected today.
UPDATE: Die Hard director John McTiernan had already pleaded guilty in July after being convicted of lying in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal that enveloped Hollywood. His one-year federal prison term was handed down this morning at a sentencing hearing presided over by the same judge he lied to, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. The 59-year-old McTiernan had lied to the feds in 2006 about his association with P.I.-to-the-stars Pellicano and the wiretapping of movie producer Chuck Roven while the filmmakers were shooting 2002′s Rollerball.
MONDAY UPDATE: The film director pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to lying during the Pellicano investigation. John McTiernan entered the plea to two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. He faces up to a year in prison when he’s sentenced October 4th before the same judge he lied to.
SUNDAY PM: The Predator reboot debuted this weekend. But at 9 AM Monday, the director of the original goes on trial. John McTiernan is charged with lying to the FBI and to a federal judge in connection with the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering case. But McTiernan, who also helmed Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, and The Thomas Crown Affair remake, But here’s the problem: McTiernan is appearing for trial tomorrow before the same judge he allegedly lied to. In June, McTiernan lost a bid to suppress evidence in the case. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer denied McTiernan’s request to exclude a telephone conversation Pellicano recorded in which he and McTiernan discussed wiretapping Charles Roven, a producer of the 2002 movie Rollerball that was also directed by McTiernan.
This case has quite a history. The 59-year-old director pleaded guilty in 2006 to lying to FBI agents about paying Pellicano $50,000 to wiretap Roven’s phone. Fischer sentenced McTiernan in 2007 to 4 months …
Hollywood producer Chuck Roven will testify tomorrow. Maybe now we’ll find out what really happened between director John McTiernan and Roven over the movie Rollerball.