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Star must pay taxes before leaving

Actor Paul Hogan, star of the Crocodile Dundee movie trilogy, has been barred from leaving Australia until he pays a disputed tax bill.

Lawyer Andrew Robinson said the 70-year-old actor, who currently lives in Los Angeles, arrived in Sydney last week to attend the funeral of his mother Florence Hogan.

Hogan was served with an Australian Taxation Office order after landing last Friday.

It prevents him from leaving Australia until he settles a multi-million dollar tax bill, Mr Robinson said.

"These may not be the appropriate circumstances to effectively make Paul a prisoner of Australia," Mr Robinson told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.

The order was "absolutely devastating" for Hogan's wife, Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski, and their 12-year-old son Chance, both of whom remained in Los Angeles, Mr Robinson said.

Hogan has denied any wrongdoing and disputes the tax bill. He has never been charged with tax evasion.

The Australian Tax Office refused to comment due to a policy of not discussing individual cases.

Mr Robinson said lawyers were negotiating with tax authorities to have the order revoked.

"Those discussions are ongoing. We are hoping that they will result in an arrangement that will allow him to go back to his wife and son," Mr Robinson said.

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