"Die Hard" director McTiernan guilty of lying to court

Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:03pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Die Hard" film director John McTiernan on Monday pleaded guilty to lying to law enforcement officials in connection with the racketeering case of a private detective who represented many Hollywood stars.

A trial for McTiernan had been expected to begin on Tuesday in Los Angeles on two counts of making false statements to federal agents and one count of perjury.

McTiernan, 59, originally pleaded guilty in 2006 to a charge of knowingly lying to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the criminal case against private detective Anthony Pellicano, who has since been jailed.

But the film director later withdrew his plea, saying he had received poor legal advice, had been drinking and was jet-lagged from traveling when FBI agents questioned him.

Federal officials again charged McTiernan with crimes in 2009, leading to Monday's guilty plea. A judge set a sentencing date of October 4.

Pellicano, 65, was eventually convicted of numerous crimes including racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping, and is currently serving a 15-year sentence in a federal prison.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Jill Serjeant)