The Crocodile Dundee star was accused of using offshore bank accounts to conceal his earnings, but a long criminal investigation into his financial dealings was dropped this week (beg22Nov10).
Hogan's lawyer admits the actor is "relieved" he has been cleared, and is now weighing up his options about recouping the money he spent attempting to protect his reputation during the case.
His attorney, Andrew Robinson, tells the AAP, "This has generated more than a million press articles here and overseas. It's been front page in Ecuador, Romania, Ireland, all sorts of extraordinary places, and the difficulty is that when these reports were made they tended to refer to (Hogan and his business partner, John Cornell) as the Australian tax cheats.
"That's the trashing of a reputation that is going to be hard to get back... Paul's initial reaction is that he wants to talk to people about what they are going to do about the millions of dollars he spent defending his name... Given these proceedings were dropped in the way they were, I think he will be instructing us about the possibility of making some submission in regard to compensation."
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) officials are still pursuing the 70 year old for the reported $32.1 million (£21.4 million) tax bill he allegedly still owes. Hogan admitted in August (10) that he couldn't afford to pay even 10 per cent of that sum.
The actor has been accused of using offshore bank accounts to conceal his earnings and is said to owe an estimated $32.1 million (£21.4 million) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
But Australian Crime Commission Chief Executive John Lawler announced on Tuesday (23Nov10) that detectives will not pursue the case because of "insufficient prospects of securing convictions".
Hogan's lawyer, Andrew Robinson, admitted the end of the criminal probe had provided his client with "immense relief".
However, ATO bosses are still pursuing the 70 year old over his tax bill - even though Hogan admitted in August (10) that he couldn't afford to pay even 10 per cent of the amount.
Move over cupid; it’s time for the angel of death to play matchmaker in Life As We Know It a rom-com from director Greg Berlanti and first-time screenwriters Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson which proves the old adage that there’s no better catalyst for love — and comic hijinks — than the sudden tragic demise of loved ones.
Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) could not be more different. He’s an aspiring television sports director and an unrepentant cad whose casual seat-of-your pants approach to life is best symbolized in the ratty baseball hat that perpetually adorns his dome (always worn backwards — classic movie shorthand for “slob”). She’s a successful caterer with a five-year plan and a strict intolerance for disorder of any kind. He has a penis; she a vagina. We’re talking Israel and Palestine here folks.
The mutual disdain between Holly and Messer is palpable and intense but the two are always able to put their differences aside when in the presence of their goddaughter Sophie the unbearably adorable spawn of his best friend Peter (Hayes MacArthur) and her best friend Alison (Christina Hendricks). When the youthful parents perish suddenly in a car accident (the tragedy of which is compounded by the loss of Mad Men star Hendricks on-screen for all of a few minutes and annoyingly clothed throughout that span) there’s little time to mourn before hilarity comes calling in the form of an estate lawyer who reveals that Peter and Alison mischievous rascals that they were mandated in their will that Sophie be raised by Holly and Messer in the event that the child is abruptly orphaned.
One’s heart really goes out to Duhamel’s character here: Not only does he lose his best friend but he’s saddled with both a helpless one-year-old and Katherine Heigl. What sort of mass-murdering past life is this guy being forced to atone for? Put this material in the hands of Clint Eastwood and it’s got Oscar potential. And yet not only does Messer not strangle Holly in her sleep he falls in love with her! And she for him! Their romantic bond flowers unexpectedly as they devote themselves to the task of caring for Sophie within whose many noxious emissions it seems is housed some sort of powerful aphrodisiac that renders even the most unappealing people somehow irresistible.
The effect spreads to the audience as Duhamel and Heigl conspire to win our affections establishing a keen romantic chemistry that almost makes Life As We Know It’s far-fetched (and occasionally bizarrely macabre) plot palpable. Duhamel hits that sweet spot between eye candy and everydude as well as any actor working today and his easy charm rubs off on Heigl whose trademark busybody antics aren't nearly as cloying as in the previous seven chapters of her “Men Are Pigs” rom-com decalogy. In fact she’s downright likable in this film. Maybe there's some truth to all that nonsense about babies being little miracles after all.
The Crocodile Dundee star was banned from leaving Australia after he was served with an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) order last month (Aug10) following his arrival in Sydney to attend his mother's funeral.
He was given permission to leave on Friday (03Sep10) and returned to his adopted Los Angeles on Sunday (05Sep10), where he dismissed reports that ATO bosses had lifted the ban after "cordial" discussions.
Hogan told reporters: "It wasn't friendly. They let me out because of the bad publicity around the world. It was sort of, 'What? You get kept in there (Australia)? Guilty until proven innocent?' Their words were 'Shut up, you can leave. You've got seven days.'
"I have come to this great tax haven, the USA, where the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) are gentlemen compared to our lot."
The 70 year old is accused of using offshore bank accounts to conceal his earnings and is said to owe $32.1 million (£21.4 million).
But he insists he won't let the scandal prevent him from returning to his homeland for Christmas (10).
He adds: "It's only a couple of a**holes who treated me badly. They're not going to trap me there again. They wouldn't dare.''
The Crocodile Dundee star had been barred from leaving the country over an unpaid multi-million dollar tax bill. He was served with an Australian Taxation Office order last month (Aug10) after jetting back to Sydney to attend his mother's funeral.
He was accused of using offshore bank accounts to conceal his earnings and was said to owe $32.1 million (£21.4 million).
The 70 year old's attorney reveals Hogan has since reached an agreement with officials during a "cordial and co-operative" meeting.
He says, "Mr Hogan is pleased to announce that the parties have reached agreement on terms... which will allow Mr Hogan to return to his family.
"While the Commissioner and Mr Hogan remain in dispute on more general taxation issues, Mr Hogan continues to protest his innocence and denies any wrongdoing."
The Crocodile Dundee star has spent the last few years embroiled in a dispute with officials at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), who allege the actor used offshore bank accounts to conceal his earnings and now owes a reported $32.1 million (£21.4 million).
The Australian star, who lives in Los Angeles, flew back to Sydney earlier this month (Aug10) to attend his mother's funeral, and was immediately slapped with a departure prohibition order to prevent him leaving the country as the dispute rumbles on.
Hogan has now spoken out for the first time about his battle - he's adamant he is not a "tax evader" and doesn't have the funds to pay back the ATO's staggering estimate.
He says, "If I was a tax evader, which I'm not, I must be the dumbest one in the world, because they gave me five years notice that they have seized every piece of paper that my tax advisers and lawyers and accountants have ever had. I kept coming back here.
"I can't pay 10 per cent of what they're asking."
Hogan's lawyer Andrew Robinson adds, "The figure that has been quoted is not correct, but what they want is huge. Even if he liquidates everything, he wouldn't have the money to pay the bill, then fight it later."
The Crocodile Dundee star, who lives in Los Angeles, flew back to his homeland on Friday (20Aug10) following the death of his 101-year-old mum and was immediately served with a departure prohibition order as part of his ongoing tax dispute Down Under.
Hogan's lawyer, Andrew Robinson, has revealed the bombshell news came the night before the funeral and he has slammed Australian officials for their insensitive timing.
Robinson says, "It was served on Paul's daughter at her Sydney home on Friday night with the funeral on Saturday morning. Imagine on the night before you bury your mother for this to happen."
The attorney also fears Hogan could be stranded in Australia for several years, leaving him thousands of miles away from his wife and child in Los Angeles.
He adds, "(Hogan) could potentially be stuck in Australia for years. It is not looking good; this is a very serious order."
The papers stem from an ongoing investigation by officials at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), who have been chasing Hogan for millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid taxes for several years.
He is believed to owe a massive $32.1 million (£21.4 million) after officials amended his bill in July (10).
The actor, who lives in Los Angeles, flew into Sydney on Friday (20Aug10) for the funeral of his 101-year-old mother and was served with a departure prohibition order.
The papers, which prevent Hogan from leaving his homeland, stem from an ongoing investigation by officials at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), who have been chasing Hogan for millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid taxes for several years.
The star's lawyer Andrew Robinson says, "He is stunned and very disappointed that the government could treat him as a flight risk.
"He denies the liability asserted by the ATO and has filed objections which have not been the subject of any response from the ATO. He will continue to defend his position through all available legal and other channels.
"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, and thereafter to travel to and from Australia as his personal and business needs require."
The investigation is focused on allegations that Hogan channelled millions of dollars into tax havens abroad.
In June (10), the actor lost an appeal to prevent his private tax records from being released into the public arena. He is now believed to owe a staggering $32.1 million (£21.4 million) after officials amended his bill in July (10).
The Australian actor's mum Flo, who had been living in a Sydney retirement home, died last Wednesday (18Aug10) just days after celebrating her 101st birthday.
Hogan, who currently lives in Los Angeles, flew Down Under to attend his mum's funeral at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Rookwood on Saturday (21Aug10).
Hogan was reunited with his siblings, brother Patrick and sister Wendy, at the Catholic memorial. Flo is survived by her three children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The Crocodile Dundee star has been under investigation by the Australian Crime Commission for the last few years amid allegations he channelled millions of dollars into tax havens abroad.
In 2009, Hogan challenged a court decision to release his private records relating to the case, and the appeal went to the country's highest legal arena.
The actor lost his bid in June (10), when Australia's High Court ruled his sensitive documents should be made public as part of the ongoing tax probe - and the papers reveal Hogan owes in excess of $12 million, reports Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper.