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'Die Hard' director freed from prison after 1 year

Film director John McTiernan delivers a speech on Jan. 31, 2010 in Gerardmer, eastern France, during the closing ceremony of the Fantastic'Arts Gerardmer film festival.
Film director John McTiernan delivers a speech on Jan. 31, 2010 in Gerardmer, eastern France, during the closing ceremony of the Fantastic'Arts Gerardmer film festival.
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"Die Hard" director John McTiernan is free from federal prison in South Dakota. He served most of a one-year sentence for lying about his association with a private investigator to illegally wiretap a movie producer.

After his release Tuesday, attorneys filed a complaint in Philadelphia with the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility over the way his case was handled.

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Lawyers claim McTiernan was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit based on conduct that's not a crime. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to the FBI. He pleaded guilty to one count of perjury for lying to a judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea.

Besides "Die Hard," McTiernan also directed "Predator," ''The Hunt for Red October" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."