Actor Randy Quaid and his wife miss Santa Barbara court hearing on vandalism charges
There’s got to be a movie — or at least a reality show — in the ongoing saga of Randy and Evi Quaid.
The latest episode occurred Tuesday morning, when a Santa Barbara judge issued a warrant for Evi’s arrest –- an action that will cost the couple her $500,000 bail.
Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck threatened to do the same for Randy if he doesn’t show up for a Nov. 16 hearing on vandalism charges faced by the couple for allegedly squatting in and trashing the Montecito mansion that once was their home.
The Quaids were to have appeared in Santa Barbara Tuesday morning for arraignment on vandalism and related charges. But they missed a hearing in the case for the third time in a row. The eccentric Hollywood couple had instead fled to Canada.
In remarks outside a Vancouver courtroom and an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” they said they are being stalked by “star whackers” –- a cabal that destroys celebrities through fraud, theft and even murder.
According to press reports, they were seeking asylum across the border. However, Canadian immigration officials determined that Evi Quaid, 47, is Canadian by virtue of her father’s citizenship. Randy Quaid, 60, was held on charges related to his crossing the border while allegedly a fugitive from authorities in the U.S.
A hearing is set in Vancouver on Friday and his bond does not allow him to leave the country, his attorney, Robert M. Sanger, told the Santa Barbara judge Tuesday. As for Evi, Sanger said she and her husband are “inseparable.”
“That’s not a legal reason,” he said in court. The judge agreed, ordering her arrest and rejecting Sanger’s plea for a delay of two weeks.
--Steve Chawkins in Santa Barbara
Photo: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department.