LOS ANGELES John McTiernan, the Hollywood
director behind such blockbuster action films as "Die Hard" and
"Predator," was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday
for lying to federal agents.
McTiernan was one of seven defendants who pleaded guilty in
connection with the conspiracy and racketeering case of
disgraced celebrity detective Anthony Pellicano, who was
charged with using illegal wiretaps and illicit database
searches to eavesdrop on dozens of Hollywood celebrities and
McTiernan, 56, pleaded guilty in April, 2006, to making
knowingly false statements to FBI agents investigating
Pellicano when he denied having asked Pellicano to wiretap
producer Charles Roven, with whom the director worked on the
2002 film "Rollerball."
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer denied a motion by
McTiernan to withdraw his guilty plea. In addition to his
four-month prison sentence, McTiernan also received two years
of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.
Pellicano, who has worked for industry heavyweights such as
Tom Cruise and John Travolta, faces up to 20 years in prison
for each of the racketeering charges in his 110-count
indictment when he goes to trial.