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Randy Quaid, wife seek refuge in Canada

October 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested in a shopping area in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday afternoon after missing a court hearing in Santa Barbara.They told Canada's immigration board they're being persecuted in the U.S. and that they're seeking asylum from "the murderers of Hollywood."

The Quaids were released from custody on Friday, but they must each post $9,750 bail and fulfill their promise to appear at their next hearing Thursday.

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.

"We feel our lives are in danger," she said. "Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners ... We feel that we're next."

The Quaids were arrested in September on felony vandalism charges after they were accused of illegally squatting at a guest house they previously owned in the upscale community of Montecito.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.