The director of a string of successful films including “Die Hard” and “The Hunt for Red October” appears to have run out of sequels in his battle to avoid going to prison. Reuters reports that John McTiernan lost his bid this week to have the U.S. Supreme Court review his guilty plea and one-year prison sentence in a case involving perjury and lying to the FBI.
The high court decision appears to set the stage for McTiernan, 62, to begin his prison term.
“The court declined to consider whether lower courts erred in refusing to suppress a recording in which prosecutors said McTiernan discussed an illegal wiretap,” the story reports. “Prosecutors had accused McTiernan of lying about having hired former private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who represented many Hollywood stars, to wiretap a film producer.”
McTiernan entered a guilty plea in 2006, after the FBI secured a tape of the men discussing the wiretap. But he later hired a new lawyer and withdrew the plea.
“He was then indicted a second time and, after failing to suppress the recording, entered a conditional guilty plea allowing him to appeal,” Reuters reports. “The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that appeal last August.”
An attorney for McTiernan did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the piece notes.
McTiernan is also known for directing "Predator," "Last Action Hero" and "The Thomas Crown Affair," among other features.