Yesterday there emerged yet another wrinkle in what is rapidly becoming the most fascinating, demented legal mess to hit Hollywood in decades. (Seriously, this is better than OJ. Nobody's dead, and there are lots more interesting people involved.) As I outlined in February, PI-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano is in serious doo doo. He's been charged with all sorts of sketchiness (the most scandalous involving wire-tapping of Hollywood personalities, sometimes accompanied by blackmail), and each day of the investigation brings more insanity to light.

The latest name to emerge from the murk is a big one: director John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Predator), has been charged with lying to the FBI during his questioning about Pellicano. That's right, the FBI -- this isn't exactly the sort of thing that you can just sweep under the rug. According to court papers, McTiernan told investigators that he knew nothing about Pellicano's wiretapping habits, when in fact he "had hired and paid...Pellicano to conduct a wiretapping of Charles Roven [a producer on McTiernan's Rollerball], and...Pellicano had discussed with defendant McTiernan his interception of...Roven's telephone calls." Oh, you mean wiretapping wiretapping! My bad. I totally knew about that.

McTiernan is due in court later this month; more updates on the insanity as they come.
categories Movies, Cinematical