Randy and wife seek Canada asylum
Actor Randy Quaid told Canada's immigration board that he and his wife are seeking asylum from "the murderers of Hollywood" and will therefore apply for refugee status in Canada, after they were arrested on US warrants related to vandalism charges.
The pair were arrested on Thursday afternoon in a shopping area of an affluent Vancouver neighbourhood and were jailed on outstanding US warrants.
The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, where they missed a court hearing on Monday on felony vandalism charges.
The Quaids were ordered released from custody, but must each post 9,750 US dollars bail and fulfil their promise to appear for their next hearing on Thursday.
Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said that Quaid and his wife Evi's bail increased to 500,000 US dollars apiece.
Their attorney, Robert Sanger, said he hoped the situation could be resolved but declined comment citing the pending case.
The couple told the immigration adjudicator they are being persecuted in the United States.
Evi Quaid begged a Canadian immigration adjudicator not to force them to return, saying that friends, such as actors David Carradine and Heath Ledger, have been "murdered" under mysterious circumstances and she worried something would happen to her husband next.
"We feel our lives are in danger," she said. "Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners ... We feel that we're next."
During a break in the proceedings, the Quaids' lawyer, Brian Tsuji approached the media to read a single-sentence statement from the Quaids. "We are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers," he read, declining further comment on the mental state of his clients.