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    Tax officials keep 'Crocodile Dundee' in Australia


    by ODN


    Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan has been barred from leaving Australia over a disputed $35m tax bill.

    A departure prohibition order was served to the actor who lives in California after he came to Australia over the weekend to attend his mother's funeral.

    His lawyer Andrew Robinson said his family was very upset: "The family is very upset, Paul's wife and son are in California, not knowing whether they got to upend their life and think about moving back to Australia or what they are supposed to do."

    Robinson said his client had little prospect of disappearing because he was one of the most famous faces on planet.

    "So, where is he going to run? Probably one of the world's most recognized faces and he doesn't even want to talk about the possibility of running because it is not what he wants to do, he wants to have this taxation issue resolved," he said.

    Australian tax office claims Hogan used offshore bank accounts to evade income tax payments.

    "He doesn't have the ability to pay the amount that is currently being claimed... Can't afford it," Robinson claimed.

    Since the investigation began into Hogan's case, he has visited Australia several times. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been laid against Hogan.