McTiernan indicted in Pellicano case

Director was accused of lying to federal judge

A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted a Hollywood director who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating Anthony Pellicano and later withdrew his plea.

John McTiernan, who directed "Die Hard" and "Predator," was indicted Friday on two counts of making false statements to the FBI about Pellicano and one count of perjury. A phone message for his attorney, S. Todd Neal, was not immediately returned.

McTiernan is accused of lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw his guilty plea.Before he was sentenced, McTiernan was allowed to withdraw his plea after he appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He argued he would not have agreed to plead guilty if his attorney had given him better legal advice.

Pellicano was convicted of wiretapping producer Charles Roven for McTiernan.
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