|Jailed Die Hard director McTiernan released
“Die Hard'' director John McTiernan was released from prison in the US after nearly a year behind bars in connection with a wire-tapping scandal, his wife said.
Tiernan, whose films also include “The Hunt for Red October'' and “The Thomas Crown Affair,'' was freed from prison in Yankton, South Dakota, his wife Gail told AFP.
He spent 328 days in jail, according to a “Free John McTiernan'' Facebook page last updated shortly before his release. He was jailed last April.
McTiernan has already signed to direct an action movie, “Red Squad'' following his release, according to industry journal Variety.
“I'm obviously ecstatic, but I must tell you that my husband has been so shocked by what he's learned from this experience that being in or out of prison seems to him almost irrelevant,'' she said.
“The government's prosecutors can ruin and destroy anyone's life. They are shameless about smearing people in the press, readily rewrite laws to their own convenience,'' as well as threatening defense lawyers, she added.
The filmmaker was sentenced to 12 months in jail and fined US$100,000 in 2010, but he stayed free until last year pending appeals in the case, which stemmed from allegations that he lied to an FBI agent.--AFP