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Supreme Court Rejects John McTiernan’s Appeal, Sending ‘Die Hard’ Director to Prison

"Die Hard" director John McTiernan will serve time for misleading investigators in the case of private eye Anthony Pellicano

"Die Hard" director John McTiernan will go to prison for lying to the FBI and a federal judge during the investigation of former private eye Anthony Pellicano, as the Supreme Court rejected his appeal on Monday.

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A court sentenced McTiernan (left) to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine in 2010 after he pled guilty for misleading investigators looking into the case of Pellicano, a Hollywood private detective currently in prison for racketeering and conspiracy to wiretap. Pellicano is serving a 15 year sentence.

McTiernan, 62, initially denied that he ever discussed wiretapping with Pellicano, but the FBI had a recording of the two talking about tapping producer Chuck Roven. McTiernan then relented and pled guilty before hiring new lawyers to try and evade jail time.

A circuit court had already rejected McTiernan’s appeal last August, but McTiernan remained free given his appeal to the nation’s top court. It was not immediately clear when McTiernan would report to prison.

McTiernan directed a series of profitable action films in the 1980s and 1990s such as ‘Predator,” “Die Hard” and ‘The Hunt for Red October.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.