Actor Randy Quaid has 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, The Associated Press reports. The pair were arrested Thursday afternoon in a shopping area of an affluent Vancouver neighborhood and jailed on outstanding U.S. warrants.
The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, where they missed a court hearing Monday on felony vandalism charges. They were ordered released Friday but must each post $9,750 bail.
On Friday, 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 on Friday 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.