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Director John McTiernan pleaded guilty Monday to lying to the FBI about having investigator Anthony Pellicano wiretap producer Charles Roven. McTiernan's admission before U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer in Los Angeles makes him the sixth person -- of the 14 charged to date -- to plead guilty in the widening scandal. McTiernan also is the highest-profile defendant to emerge in this case thus far. McTiernan, who has directed such features as Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, pleaded guilty after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, terms of which were kept under seal. McTiernan was allowed to remain free on bond until his July 31 sentence, at which he faces up to five years in federal prison.

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