Judge: Film director can’t withdraw plea

first_imgBut the judge said she found the arguments “completely lacking in credibility.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! McTiernan was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. When he entered his plea last year, McTiernan said he lied when he told an FBI agent the only time he used Pellicano’s services was during his divorce. He said he hired Pellicano to wiretap Charles Roven, who had worked with him on the 2002 box-office flop “Rollerball.” Pellicano, who served 21/2years in federal prison for possessing illegal weapons, has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 111-count indictment accusing him of bugging phones and bribing police to get information on celebrities and others. McTiernan was originally scheduled to be sentenced two weeks ago, but that hearing was delayed after his attorney asked that he be allowed to withdraw the plea and fight the charge. On Monday, the defense argued that when McTiernan spoke to the FBI agent he was tired from having returned from a long trip to Asia, was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection and had gone off his anti-depression medication. By Raquel Maria Dillon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A federal judge sentenced Hollywood director John McTiernan to four months in prison Monday after refusing to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of lying to the FBI about his association with private eye Anthony Pellicano. Judge Dale S. Fischer gave the director of such films as “Die Hard” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” until Jan. 15 to turn himself in to authorities. McTiernan’s attorney said he would appeal. last_img

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