Australian tax officials allow ‘Crocodile Dundee’ star to return to US
Australian tax officials lifted a controversial travel ban on “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan on Friday, leaving him free to return to his home in the United States, his lawyer said.
Hogan, 70, who is in dispute over a tax bill reportedly running into millions of dollars, was barred from leavingÂ AustraliaÂ last month after flying back for his mother’s funeral.
But lawyerÂ Andrew RobinsonÂ said the actor, one of Australia’s best known celebrities, had been cleared to return to his family in the United States after coming to an agreement with theÂ Australian Tax Office.
“While the (tax) commissioner and Mr Hogan remain in dispute on more general taxation issues, Mr Hogan continues to protest his innocence and denies any wrongdoing,” Robinson said in a statement.
Hogan, who lives inÂ Los AngelesÂ with his wifeÂ Linda Kozlowski, had been stunned to be served with a departure prohibition order when he returned to Australia for his mother’s funeral in mid-August.
He has been in dispute for about five years with Australian officials over his tax affairs, but is not facing any charges.
Australian media has reported that the actor faces bills on 37 million dollars (33 million US) of allegedly undeclared income.
Hogan became a domestic celebrity with “The Paul Hogan Show” in the 1970s before urging foreigners to “Come and Say G’Day” in a popular tourism advertisement.
He shot to global fame and considerable wealth with 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee”, a worldwide hit, and also starred in “Crocodile Dundee II” and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”.