Randy Quaid and his wife EVI have told immigration officials in Canada they plan to seek asylum in the country because they fear their lives are "in danger" in the U.S.
The Quaids became wanted criminals after they failed to show up for an arraignment hearing in California on Monday (18Oct10), relating to their recent brush with the law for allegedly squatting in a Montecito home they once owned.
A judge issued a warrant for their arrest and they were detained in Vancouver, Canada four days later.
The couple has now been released after posting nearly $10,000 (£6,667) bail each, but the case has taken a bizarre twist after they requested asylum at a Canadian immigration hearing.
Evi Quaid told officials of the Immigration and Refugee Board that they have fled persecution in their native America and want to apply for refugee status in Canada.
She said, "We feel our lives are in danger. Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners... We feel that we're next."
During the break in proceedings, the Quaids' lawyer, Brian Tsuji, read a short, single-sentence statement from the couple to reporters, which only added to the mystery surrounding the case.
Their attorney said, "Yes, we are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers."
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