Posted Oct 25, 2010 12:04 pm CDT
Updated: Randy Quaid and his wife claim they are in danger and are seeking asylum in Canada after skipping a U.S. court hearing for allegedly squatting in their former California home.
The Quaids claim the actor’s life is in danger because of “Hollywood Star whackers” who are secretly responsible for the deaths of eight close friends, including Heath Ledger and David Carradine, according to the Telegraph.co.uk.
“Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners,” Randy Quaid’s wife, Evi, testified in an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing. “We feel that we’re next.”
The Washington Post has a photo of their statement, scrawled on notebook paper. “We are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers,” they said.
Randy Quaid appeared in Brokeback Mountain with Ledger, who died of a drug overdose, and also starred in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Carradine hanged himself in a Bangkok hotel room.
Randy Quaid elaborated—and blamed lawyers for his troubles—in a statement he read to reporters on Thursday outside a Vancouver immigration office. “I’m being embezzled by this monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties,” he said. Reuters, the Canadian Press and Post Media News have the story.
“Up until a year ago, Evi and I had never had any run-in with the law whatsoever. We are not criminals, nor are we fugitives from justice, nor are we crazy,” Quaid said. “We are simply artists and film makers being racketeered on,” he said, adding that he has lost at least $40 million.
Updated on Oct. 29 to include Quaid’s statement made on Thursday.