'Brokeback' Star's Father Free On Bail

**FILE**Michelle Williams arrives for the 78th Academy Awards, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. Williams' father, Larry Williams was granted bail Tuesday, May 23, 2006, by a Sydney, Australia, court after being arrested on international tax evasion.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Larry Williams, the father of actress Michelle Williams, was granted bail May 23 by a Sydney court after being arrested on international tax evasion.

Australian Federal Police, responding to a request from U.S. authorities, arrested the prominent stock market trader Saturday after he flew into Sydney to begin a month-long speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has been seeking the 64-year-old Virgin Islands resident over allegations that he evaded $1.5 million in taxes on royalties from his books on the stock market and proceeds from international seminars between 1990 and 2001.

His daughter, 25-year-old Michelle Williams, was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain."

Williams was freed on $753,000 bail, ordered to surrender his passport and report to police three times per day.

He is due back in Central Local Court on Monday.
  • Amy Bonawitz

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