- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan will sue the Australian government for damaging his reputation during a failed criminal investigation into his tax dealings.

Fairfax Media on Thursday reported that Hogan’s lawyer said the actor could seek up to $80 million for his loss of earnings from the five-year probe.

Lawyer Andrew Robinson is quoted as saying: “His earning potential and reputation has been decimated in the international community and it has had that level of effect on his position.”

Robinson did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Investigators sought to prove suspicions that Hogan used offshore bank accounts to conceal earnings after his “Crocodile Dundee” trilogy became a hit in 1986. The investigation was dropped in November.

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