Die Hard director headed for jail

John McTiernan loses his appeal for lying to the FBI over wiretapping a film producer

Die Hard director John McTiernan is facing one year in prison, after losing an appeal to have a sentence for lying to the FBI overturned.

McTiernan, 62, was sentenced in 2010 for lying to the authorities and perjury over his hiring of a private investigator to wiretap a film producer.

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McTiernan... pictured directing Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance in 1996 (Copyright: Rex)

The director had been freed on bail while he appealed his conviction, but now it's expected that he will have to serve the sentence.

McTiernan was accused of lying about the wiretapping of producer Chuck Roven, who he worked with on the film 'Rollerball', with help from notorious Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

The FBI obtained a recording of the pair discussing the wiretap in 2006, but the filmmaker's lawyers hope that the sentence may still be reduced due to a lack of evidence that Pellicano had actually wiretapped the producer.

Pellicano himself is already in prison serving a 15-year sentence for racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping.

McTiernan is best-known for directing 'Die Hard', but he also helmed 'Predator', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'Last Action Hero' and the 'Die Hard' sequel, 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance'.