Randy Quaid Arrested at VT Border
Actor Randy Quaid was arrested Friday evening while he was attempting to cross the border into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said. The Independence Day actor was stopped by troopers at the Highgate Springs port of entry just days after Canadian officials announced that he would be deported.
According to MSN, Quaid is wanted in Santa Barbara, California, to face felony vandalism charges filed in 2010 after he and his wife, Evi, were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned.
The couple missed several court appearances and fled to Canada, where his wife was able to obtain citizenship. Nevertheless, Mr. Quaid’s bid to obtain permanent residency was ultimately denied.
The Quaids were booked in separate state detention centers and their bail was set at $500,000 each. Quaid told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he wants to move on with his life and resolve his legal problems.
“I probably will get arrested for all that. I’m perfectly willing to face all that stuff,” Quaid said. “I would like to have the issues in Santa Barbara resolved so I can move on with my life.”
The actor – who starred in Brokeback Mountain and Independence Day – and his wife, Evi, attempted to claim asylum in Canada in 2010 to escape a group they dubbed the “Hollywood Star Whackers,” saying they were in fear of their lives, according to a report in Yahoo. The duo claimed that it was a shadowy outfit of villains that were bent on killing American celebrities. Quaid also added that the couple’s behavior, videos, statements that they have posted on social media, which includes a sex tape, were simply part of an act and was just a way of expressing themselves. “I don’t know how you go about correcting perceptions. It’s like trying to put the genie back in the bottle. For 40 years I was well-respected,” he told the AP.
Quaid said that he does not regret calling big name people in the movie business “Hollywood star-whackers.” “I don’t mean it in a literal sense. I think the people I’m going after would like to see me dead, absolutely, but whether they would act on that, I don’t know,” he said. Quaid also mentioned that he would like to make films again and even said that his wife is the best director he has ever worked with.
“The Santa Barbara senior deputy district attorney told the AP local authorities would seek Randy’s extradition, if he returned to the U.S., to face charges related to the 2010 case – including charges for both Randy and Evi for failing to appear at a November 2010 court hearing while out on bail,” according to People.
“I love my brother,” Dennis Quaid told PEOPLE when asked about Randy’s legal troubles in 2011. “That’s all I can say. I love my brother and I miss my brother. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Representatives for Quaid could not be reached for comment.
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