Randy and Evi Quaid remain in Canadian jail
Update: Despite earlier reports that they had been released on bail, Randy and Evi Quaid will remain locked up -- safe from "star whackers" (see below) -- in a Vancouver jail until a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
"They remain in detention," Canada Borders Services Agency spokesman Shakila Manzoor told the Globe and Mail newspaper late Monday. She did not detail why the couple was held despite a hearing last week in which they were cleared for release on $10,000 bail each.
In other news, officials at the City of Vancouver animal shelter confirmed that a puppy traveling with the Quaids has been taken to an animal shelter.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Originally posted October 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM ET:
The story of Randy and Evi Quaid -- which has previously made stops at bizarre, freaky, too legally complicated to follow and laugh-out-loud funny -- has finally landed at just plain sad.
After being detained in Vancouver last week following their latest effort to skip a court hearing (this time on charges of felony vandalism), the actor and his wife are reportedly convinced that they are the next targets in a scheme to murder Hollywood stars.
As the New York Post reported, during a hearing Friday before Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, the couple wrote on a piece of paper -- shared by their lawyer -- that "Yes we are requesting asylum from Hollywood 'STAR WHACKERS'."
Among the stars these so-called whackers have allegedly, um, whacked? Quaid's "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Heath Ledger (who died, according to autopsy results, of accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs) and David Carradine (who, according to a private autopsy, died of asphyxiation).
It's tempting to take this latest bat-bleep nutty information and make another round of Cousin Eddie jokes. But if there was any doubt before, it's now abundantly clear: these two have some mental health issues and need help.
They've been released on $20,000 bond and are supposed to report for an Oct. 28 hearing in Canada. But, as Radar Online points out, they also are expected at a hearing back in Santa Monica on the 26th, to deal with those vandalism charges and their alleged attempt at squatting in a guest house. Given their carelessness about appearing court in the past, jail time might seem like the next inevitable step, especially since Evi Quaid remains on probation for that guilty plea on charges of defrauding an innkeeper. (I know. It's a lot to keep track of. This primer may clarify.)
But instead of putting one or both of them in the slammer, they should be remanded into some kind of psychological treatment. If they start thinking more clearly, it seems like all these problems with the law might magically stop.
| October 26, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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