Spiegel International one of Germany and Europe’s Most Premier Magazine’s did a recent article on Anthony Pelicano, John McTiernan and brought up the other almost forgotten scandal of 2007, the article is by Lars-Olav Beier and John Goetz
A court handed down a one-year prison sentence to Hollywood director John McTiernan for having his producer’s phone tapped and then lying about it to the FBI. This bizarre criminal case highlights the mistrust in the film industry.
…A blizzard is blowing through Wyoming, and visibility is down to less than 10 yards. Even so, John McTiernan races his white Ford Ranger pickup along the unpaved road. He knows the way so well he could almost drive it with his eyes closed.
….Not so long ago, McTiernan was one of Hollywood’s most celebrated film directors. He shot action classics such as “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “The Last Action Hero,” working with stars like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sean Connery. His movies grossed more than $1 billion at the box office. While McTiernan has always rejected a life in Hollywood, his life on the ranch in Wyoming feels like a kind of self-imposed exile.
McTiernan looks around. He turned 60 last month, and doesn’t look a day younger. The deep lines on his face look like erosion fissures carved by Wyoming storms. As the topic moves to the role played by Washington, DC in his criminal prosecution, he says that he would prefer not to discuss it in the bar, because the conversation could be overheard.
….Last October, McTiernan was handed down a one-year prison sentence for first hiring a private investigator to tap the phone of a producer with whom McTiernan had worked on a film project, and then lying about it. McTiernan is appealing.
A Celebrity Detective for Hollywood’s Elite
The case could well have remained a mere footnote in Hollywood’s scandal-ridden history: A director has a producer’s phone tapped because he suspected people were plotting behind his back. Unfortunately for McTiernan, the man he hired was Anthony Pellicano; private detective to Hollywood’s elite. Pellicano’s clientele has included Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise and Chris Rock. He didn’t know it at the time, but McTiernan became involved in one of the biggest wiretapping affairs in US history.
“There are some very despicable people and there’s a whole lot of unhappy millionaires,” says John Nazarian, a colleague of Pellicano’s who has been a detective in Hollywood for the past 17 years. “Their behavior, their sense of entitlement is despicable. They don’t pay me the money they pay me — $400 per hour — to play fair. What do I need? Little or no morals.”
Fifty-nine-year-old Nazarian is bald, trims his beard to a point and wears a Rolex and a diamond-studded platinum ring. “The best part is feeling it,” he says. “I always wear it on the left-hand side. That way I will not be hitting anybody with it,” he says with a smile. “McTiernan is a crybaby. He just doesn’t want to accept that he has to go to jail.”
Oh John, tell me it ani’t so???? I called John J. Nazarian today before putting his quotes in the article. He laughed and said he stood by all of them and then in the voice only John has chuckled and said “Rose, how could I? It would be like being a prostitute that was allergic to rubber”. I thought back to when I first researched Mr. Nazarian and said back, “Yea John, you literally have dug through garbage before”, referring to the L. A. Times video I saw way back in 2007 about John J Nazarian, my introduction to a Hollywood Celebrity P. I.
Be sure to read the full article about John McTiernan on Spiegel International Online
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March 9, 2011
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