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Crocodile Dundee Blocked From Leaving Australia Until He Pays Multi-Million Dollar Tax Debt


Aug. 25 2010, Published 3:38 p.m. ET

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Paul Hogan, the star of Crocodile Dundee, has been banned from leaving Australia until he pays a multi-million-dollar tax bill, has learned.

Hogan, 70, who lives in Los Angeles his American wife, Linda Kozlowski and their 12-year-old son, Chance, returned to Sydney for the funeral of his 101-year-old mother last Friday.

But when he went to leave his native country, the screen star was prevented from boarding a flight because of a prohibition order from the local taxman.

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The comedian is now virtually a prisoner in Australia.

The order prevents Hogan from leaving Australia until any alleged tax debts are paid or arrangements made for the tax liability to be discharged.

The Australian tax office served Hogan with a bill last month for tax on $37.6 million of undeclared income.

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Hogan's lawyer, Andrew Robinson, said the actor was “stunned and very disappointed” that his own Government could treat him as a flight risk.

"The process of detaining Paul in Australia, away from his wife and child in Los Angeles, has devastated Paul,” Robinson said.

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“He will continue to defend his position through all available legal and other channels."

Hogan reached international fame as Mick "Crocodile" Dundee in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee which went on to become Australia's most successful film and won Hogan a Golden Globe for best actor.



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