‘Die Hard’ Director Pleads Guilty in Pellicano Case

John McTiernan was charged with lying to federal agents

"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 FBI agents in the criminal case against private detective Anthony Pellicano, who has since been jailed. But 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.

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