Paul Hogan DENIES writing callous note to the homeless outside his $3.5million Venice Beach mansion

Paul Hogan has denied writing a sign warning homeless people to stay away from his $3.5million mansion in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles.

This is despite the Crocodile Dundee star, 81, being pictured on Sunday holding a red marker near the note which read: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS’.

Hogan insisted on Wednesday it wasn’t him who wrote the sign, and went on to say he empathises with people living on the streets. 

The reclusive Australian actor, who has lived in the U.S. for the past 16 years, even described the homelessness crisis in LA as ‘awful’ and ’embarrassing’.

'It wasn't me': Paul Hogan has denied writing a sign warning homeless people to stay away from his $3.5million mansion in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles

'It wasn't me': Paul Hogan has denied writing a sign warning homeless people to stay away from his $3.5million mansion in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles

‘It wasn’t me’: Paul Hogan has denied writing a sign warning homeless people to stay away from his $3.5million mansion in crime-ravaged Venice, Los Angeles

‘It wasn’t me who put [the sign] up,’ Hogan told TMZ as he was interviewed walking through a parking lot near his home.

He said he ‘doesn’t know why’ somebody put the sign up.

‘I took it down and it’s not my house anyway,’ he said, referring to the fact he is just renting the property. 

'It wasn't me': This is despite the Crocodile Dundee star, 81, being pictured on Sunday holding a red marker near the note which read: 'THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS'

'It wasn't me': This is despite the Crocodile Dundee star, 81, being pictured on Sunday holding a red marker near the note which read: 'THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS'

‘It wasn’t me’: This is despite the Crocodile Dundee star, 81, being pictured on Sunday holding a red marker near the note which read: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS’

Hogan went on to discuss the homeless situation in LA, saying: ‘I just find it sad.’

‘California has the fifth biggest economy in the world and we’ve got more homeless people than Bangladesh. I find it awful and embarrassing. I wish I could do something about it,’ he added.

The Flipper star said he understands why so many homeless people camp in Venice rather than other cities in America.

‘I tell you what, if I was homeless and lived in New York, I couldn’t wait to get to Venice Beach… can’t blame them for that,’ he remarked.

When asked if his family was doing well, Hogan bizarrely said: ‘No problem. I’m happy in my mega-mansion.’ 

Stern warning: Hogan insisted on Wednesday it wasn't him who wrote the sign (pictured), and went on to say he empathises with people living on the streets

Stern warning: Hogan insisted on Wednesday it wasn't him who wrote the sign (pictured), and went on to say he empathises with people living on the streets

Stern warning: Hogan insisted on Wednesday it wasn’t him who wrote the sign (pictured), and went on to say he empathises with people living on the streets

A masked Hogan had sent a stern warning to the less fortunate on Sunday as he was pictured pinning a note to his front door that said: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS.’

He lives in the once-desirable beachside suburb of Venice, where crime and homelessness have spiked in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hogan, who said earlier this month he was ‘desperately homesick’ and wanted to return to Australia, attached the note to his door before making his way back inside. 

Later that day, he left the residence – which locals have described as a ‘fortress’ – to pick up his 22-year-old son, Chance, who also lives with him.  

Crisis: The actor lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a sudden increase in homelessness has resulted in a terrifying crime wave

Crisis: The actor lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a sudden increase in homelessness has resulted in a terrifying crime wave

Crisis: The actor lives in the once-elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a sudden increase in homelessness has resulted in a terrifying crime wave

The world-famous beach community of Venice, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city; however, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents.

Hogan and Chance have been stuck inside the mansion for months amid the recent wave of crime and homelessness in the area.

Los Angeles has been ravaged by its homeless crisis, with the number of homeless people rising steadily from around 40,000 in 2011, to around 66,000 at the latest count in January 2020.

Residents around the famed Venice boardwalk are demanding action from the authorities saying it has been turned into a large, ‘dangerous’ homeless encampment and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents.

On April 28, a man survived a shooting and recently there was a fire inside one of the encampments dotting Ocean Front Walk. 

Local residents have been upset over the recent incidents, which have happened amid the expansion of local encampments.

Concerns: Residents around the famed Venice boardwalk are demanding action from the authorities saying it has been turned into a large, 'dangerous' homeless encampment and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents

Concerns: Residents around the famed Venice boardwalk are demanding action from the authorities saying it has been turned into a large, 'dangerous' homeless encampment and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents

Concerns: Residents around the famed Venice boardwalk are demanding action from the authorities saying it has been turned into a large, ‘dangerous’ homeless encampment and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents

‘Where Paul lives in hell on earth,’ Hogan’s neighbour Tyler Proctor, a local politician, recently told Woman’s Day magazine.

‘His house is like a fortress and it needs to be. I can see why [he] wants to move out,’ Mr Proctor added.

Local Kevin Buttress, 32, who owns the Xquisite Barber Lounge in LA, told Fox News he was attacked in November by a pit bull owned by a homeless person and was knocked out with a skateboard.

‘I’ve given a lot of myself to the community of Venice Beach,’ said Buttress. ‘And to see everything just fall to pieces, it’s messed up.’

During the Covid-19 pandemic, around 200 tents have been erected on the boardwalk according to local residents.

‘Venice’s world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,’ hundreds of locals said in a letter pleading for help from city and county officials.

‘Local children are refusing to come to the beach because they’re frightened by what they’ve witnessed. Seniors who live on or near the boardwalk are terrified of walking in their own neighborhoods.’

Homesick: Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney's western suburbs. He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said he couldn't possibly survive two weeks of hotel quarantine

Homesick: Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney's western suburbs. He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said he couldn't possibly survive two weeks of hotel quarantine

Homesick: Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs. He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said he couldn’t possibly survive two weeks of hotel quarantine

Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs.   

He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said he couldn’t possibly survive two weeks of hotel quarantine.

‘I can’t wait for this stupid disease to go away so I can get out,’ Hogan revealed on the News Corp podcast Evenin’ Viewers in October.

‘I’m like a kangaroo in a Russian zoo – I don’t belong here.’  

'Desperate': During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Paul spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic

'Desperate': During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Paul spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic

‘Desperate’: During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Paul spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic

During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Hogan spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic. 

He revealed he was ‘desperate’ to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind.

‘I am desperately homesick,’ he said during a video chat from his home.

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year.

The same period has also seen a 162 per cent increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person. 

When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles’ recent crime wave, Hogan simply said he ‘doesn’t go anywhere’.

‘[I’m] bored in lockdown, and the minute I can get on the plane without being locked in a hotel for two weeks, I’m back,’ he said.

However, he failed to win any sympathy from Australians when he told Sunrise hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr he ‘wouldn’t survive’ hotel quarantine.

‘My son [Chance] would have to be with me… we’d strangle each other,’ he said.

Homelessness in Los Angeles 

 The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says homelessness was up 13 per cent from January 2019 to January 2020, reaching 66,000 in the greater L.A. area.

This year’s homeless census was canceled because of the pandemic, but tent cities in places such as Skid Row, Hollywood and Venice Beach appear to have grown during the health crisis.

The issue is most visible in downtown LA, where hundreds of people live in makeshift shanties that line entire blocks in the notorious neighborhood known as Skid Row.

Tents regularly pop up on the pavement outside City Hall and encampments are increasingly found in suburban areas under freeway overpasses.

Meanwhile, residents of the Venice Beach in Los Angeles say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable, turning it into a ‘dangerous’ encampment.

A ‘catastrophic’ increase in homelessness in Los Angeles has seen hundreds of tents line the beach’s famous boardwalk. 

Business owners say they are being forced to close their doors and longterm residents are afraid to leave their homes after dark after being subjected to violent attacks and intimidation.

Last week, Councilmember Mike Bonin summitted a motion to add more shelters in areas such as the Los Angeles International Airport, Marina del Rey and Pacific Palisades.

Bonin, who represents affluent communities including Venice, Westchester and Brentwood, argues that the ‘temporary solutions’ will ‘get people off the streets and into homes’.

But more than 19,000 people have signed a petition to stop the plans.

The petition asserts that the proposed camps are not a solution to homelessness and would bring the problems of drugs, mental illness, crime and danger into the communities where the tent cities would rise. 

A motion to add more temporary housing as proposed by Bonin was passed by the city council’s Homelessness & Poverty Committee Thursday, Patch.com reports. That means it will now be assessed for feasibility and funding.

Recent incidents – including a shooting on April 28 and an explosion at a homeless encampment – have left residents and business owners shaken.

Fed-up locals have written to city and county officials pleading for them to intervene.

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighborhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighborhood are up 177 per cent from last year.

The same period has also seen a 162 per cent increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person.

Videos depicting fires, fights, and harassment are a common sight on social media.

In downtown Los Angeles, efforts are continuing to rehouse some 5,000 homeless people who live in a permanent encampment known as Skid Row.

In April, federal Judge David Carter told LA officials they must offer shelter to the more than 4,600 people living on the streets in Skid Row, by October 18.

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