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[Gossip] Director John McTiernan Released From Prison
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.25.2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October has been released from prison after serving eleven months (328 days). He was in the minimum security Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota after making false statements to an FBI agent about the amount of times he hired private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who is still in prison.

His wife Gail Sistrunk McTiernan announced his release on the Free John McTiernan Facebook page, where several of his friends and celebrities have talked about his alleged unjust treatment from federal authorities. Those who have commented on or liked the site include Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, director Brad Bird and producer Gale Ann Hurd.

McTiernan is set to return to his family ranch in Wyoming. He will not make any public statements until his house arrest ends on April 3. He must wear an ankle monitor until that time. A spokesperson for the director said he is filing a complaint with the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility to have his conviction overturned and erased. He thinks he was treated unfairly and that the prosecutor, among others, acted "improperly".

The statement reads: "McTiernan's attorney, Hank Hockeimer said he has told the 9th Circuit Court that his client was in prison 'not only for a crime he did not commit, but for conduct that simply is not a crime,' and that 'Prosecutorial contortions and judicially-created procedural walls have been employed and erected throughout these proceedings to block out a simple fact: an innocent man sits in federal prison.' McTiernan, though incarcerated, has never been given proof of any evidence the government alleged to have against him. McTiernan's sentence for a false statement was influenced by the allegation of the government that wiretapping occurred on his behalf. This was rebutted by the government's own key witness who later came forth with a statement that no wiretapping had occurred on behalf of McTiernan and that the evidence the prosecutors claimed was a summary of wiretap calls was something never seen by the witness nor was it from the office the government stated."

Gail wrote on Facebook that she's happy he's been released. She added: "[I'm] ashamed of my country. Imprisoning people (John is just one of many) for no reason is barbaric. I realize that it is the result of certain bad prosecutors but they are too large in number and have not been removed from the service of our government…Countless lives are destroyed emotionally and economically – families suffer – marriages fail – children are reared without their parents – older parents die alone and brokenhearted – communities are without its leaders – all to glorify some twisted desire of a prosecutor for recognition or promotion, or worse – some deep seated need to hurt people."

She hopes that he will soon return to making movies.


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