Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan has declared war against the homeless community in his crime-stricken Los Angeles neighbourhood, as he continues to bunker down in his $3.5million mansion.
The reclusive Australian actor, 81, lives in the once-desirable beachside suburb of Venice, where crime and homelessness have spiked in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A masked Hogan 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.’
Over it: A masked Paul Hogan sent a stern warning to the the homeless community in his crime-stricken Los Angeles neighbourhood on Sunday by pinning a note to his front door that said: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS’
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.
He was dressed casually in a pair of blue jeans, a forest green sweater and a pair of New Balance sneakers.
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.
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 for the last decade, 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.
This year’s homeless census was canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but tent cities in places such as Skid Row, Hollywood and Venice Beach appear to have grown during the health crisis.
Get out: Hogan attached the note to his door before making his way back inside
Hard to miss: The note was stuck next to Hogan’s garage door and was written in red marker
‘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.
Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Safety first: The Crocodile Dundee star made sure to wear a protective face mask
Taking aim: The note was aimed at the homeless vagrants that have taken over Venice
The Flipper star 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.’
Man on a mission: Hogan later left the premises to go pick up his son Chance
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.
Casual: He was dressed casually in a pair of blue denim jeans and a leather jacket
Insalubrious: ‘Where Paul lives in hell on earth,’ Hogan’s neighbour Tyler Proctor, a local politician, recently told Woman’s Day magazine
When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles’ recent crime wave, Paul 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.
Moving: A Venice Beach local in a blue hooded sweatshirt moved a chair down the street
Walking: They walked past some dumpsters which were covered in graffiti
Searching: Another local checked a nearby dumpster while wearing medical gloves
Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on Hogan’s ‘entitled’ attitude, with one writing: ‘Quarantine like everyone else… or stay in America.’
Another tweeted: ‘Wants to come back but won’t do hotel quarantine. He’s not that desperate then if he won’t follow the rules.’
Over Sunrise’s Facebook page, many fans shared the same sentiments.
One furious Aussie commented: ‘Quarantine like every other human being. You’re not special.’
‘He can’t be that desperate if he won’t quarantine for two weeks,’ another wrote, while a third added: ‘He said it! Bored and sick of being locked down! That’s the only reason he wants to come to Australia.’
I’m outta here! Hogan had a stern expression as he drove down the street
Shady: He kept a low profile by hiding behind a pair of dark sunglasses
Several viewers pointed out that Hogan had chosen LA as his home many years ago, and only wanted to return to Australia because of Covid-19.
‘He is home, he lives there, so what is he homesick about?’ one critic asked.
Another pointed out: ‘He said it! Bored and sick of being locked down! That’s the only reason he wants to come to Australia.
‘If Covid wasn’t there you would not want to come here. Stay where you are. That’s your home that you made.’
Chip off the old block! Hogan’s son, Chance, was also spotted outside the LA mansion
Casual: Despite his father’s wealth, Chance was dressed down in sweatpants and a jumper
Pals: The 22-year-old was joined by a friend, who had his hair styled in dreadlocks
However, some fans sided with the ‘elderly’ actor.
‘Lot of mean people here. He is an elderly 81 year old fella obviously homesick. A bit of compassion wouldn’t hurt,’ one supporter wrote on Facebook.
‘Why can’t he come home? Every other person is flying in here! Get on a plane, Hoges,’ another added.
Homesick: During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Hogan spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic
Terrifying situation: It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable
Hogan 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, 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.
‘You’re living in the country, alongside New Zealand, that’s the light of the world,’ Hogan told the presenters.
‘And I’m living in LA County, which is 10 million people and half of them have got Covid. So am I homesick? You bet your life,’ he complained.
Hogan has been married three times, twice to Noelene Edwards – with whom he has five children – and most recently to former actress Linda Kozlowski – with whom he shares his son Chance.
Hogan and Kozlowski, who met when acting together on Crocodile Dundee, divorced in 2014 with Kozlowski citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Tent city: The world-famous beach community, 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
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 Venice Beach in Los Angeles say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable.
A ‘catastrophic’ increase in homelessness in Los Angeles has seen hundreds of tents line the beach’s famous boardwalk.
Thousands of Los Angeles residents are in revolt over plans to house the homeless in tents and temporary cabins near popular beaches and parks throughout the city. Homeless encampments line the bike path on Venice Beach
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.
Homelessness in Los Angeles was already on the rise before the coronavirus pandemic 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
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.