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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Die Hard director 'lied to FBI'
John McTiernan
John McTiernan's credits include Last Action Hero and Medicine Man
Die Hard director John McTiernan has been charged with lying to the FBI.

The 55-year-old, whose other credits include The Hunt For Red October, faces one count of making false statements and will appear in court on 17 April.

Mr McTiernan is the latest defendant implicated in a wire-tapping probe involving former private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

Mr Pellicano faces up to 20 years in jail for allegedly obtaining the private records of high-profile figures in Hollywood.

He is accused of breaching the privacy of US stars Sylvester Stallone, Keith Carradine and Garry Shandling among others.

Denied

Mr Pellicano denies 110 counts of racketeering and conspiracy indictment and has opted to defend himself at his trial later this month.

He completed a prison sentence for firearms violations just before pleading not guilty to the fresh charges.

The two-page document listing the charges against Mr McTiernan states that he denied having any knowledge of wiretapping conducted by Mr Pellicano when questioned by federal officers.

It also alleges that he paid Mr Pellicano to wiretap Hollywood producer Charles Roven, who he worked with on the film Rollerball.

Mr McTiernan's lawyer was not available for comment.


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