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Die Hard director withdraws plea
John McTiernan
John McTiernan's credits include Last Action Hero and Medicine Man
Die Hard director John McTiernan has withdrawn a guilty plea he made to charges of lying to the FBI.

The film-maker has said he did not receive adequate legal representation in April 2006 when quizzed in relation to a Hollywood wiretapping case.

The 56-year-old's lawyer said he "should never have been charged with a criminal offence".

Mr McTiernan must return to court on 24 September to hear a judge's ruling on the withdrawal of his plea.

Breaching privacy

When he entered his plea of guilty last year, the film director told a judge that he had denied knowing about Anthony Pellicano's alleged wiretapping activities.

But he then said he had actually used him to wiretap Charles Roven, who he worked with on the film Rollerball.

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.

He has denied 111 counts of bugging telephones and bribing police officers in order to obtain information about celebrities and other people.

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