Quaids seek asylum in Canada
October 22, 2010
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who failed to show earlier this week in a Santa Barbara courtroom, have surfaced in Vancouver–where they’re seeking asylum. [CTV]
Quaid, 60, and Evi, 47, made the verbal plea for protection at a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Vancouver on Friday afternoon.
The Hollywood couple, plagued by recent financial troubles, were arrested in Vancouver on immigration violations earlier this week. They told Canadian authorities that they fear for their lives in the U.S.
After the Friday detention review hearing, the Quaids were told they would be released after putting up bail and agreeing to weekly reporting.
Evi Quaid claimed that nine close friends of her husband have recently been murdered, including actors David Carradine, Heath Ledger and Chris Penn.
The pair, who was charged with felony burglary in September are accused of squatting in the guest house of a Montecito home they once owned together in the 1990s. California authorities said at the time the couple caused more than $10,000 damage to the home, including smashing a $7,000 mirror. Evi was also charged with resisting arrest.
A judge in Santa Barbara issued $50,000 bench warrants for the couple earlier this week after skipping an arraignment hearing in their felony burglary case.
The Quaids frequently missed court appearances in an earlier case involving charges that they defrauded an innkeeper of more than $10,000 after using an invalid credit card at a Montecito ranch.
That case wrapped up in April after Evi Quaid pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count. The charges against her husband were dropped.