Actor Paul Hogan banned from leaving Australia over unpaid taxes
SYDNEY Ã¢â‚¬â€ “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan has been barred from leaving Australia because of a row over his tax affairs, his lawyer has said.
Tax officials served the actor, who lives in the United States, with an order stopping him from leaving after he returned for his mother’s funeral last week, according to a statement reported by the AAP news agency.
The 70-year-old was “stunned and disappointed” by the order, said the statement from Andrew Robinson of Sydney law firm Robinson Legal.
Hogan shot to international fame playing Outback eccentric Mick “Crocodile” Dundee in the 1986 comedy, which was a box-office hit around the world.
He is embroiled in a long-running dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) over an alleged multi-million-dollar unpaid tax bill, AAP said.
The statement from his lawyer said the order means Hogan cannot leave Australia until the bill is settled.
“Paul continues to vehemently deny any wrongdoing,” it said, adding that no charges had been brought after five years of investigation.
“He will continue to defend his position through all available legal and other channels. He is stunned and very disappointed that the government could treat him as a flight risk,” it said.
“The process of detaining Paul in Australia away from his wife and child in Los Angeles has devastated Paul and he hopes that discussions between us and the ATO will lead to a prompt resolution allowing him to return to his family.”
The ATO told thne news agency it would not comment on individuals’ tax affairs.