NEW YORK (CBS) After failing to show up in a California courtroom recently to face various charges, both Randy and Evi Quaid are reportedly seeking asylum in Canada because they believe they are being targeted by "Hollywood star whackers" in the United States.
The Quaids, whose bail was upped to $500,000 Friday morning, say their lives are at risk citing the "unusual murders" of their friends Heath Ledger, David Carradine, and Chris Penn, reports RadarOnline.
The actor and his wife who appeared at an immigration hearing in Vancouver Friday seeking refugee status had their request granted and were released from custody; however, they must post $10,000 bail each and promise to appear for their next hearing October 28, says the gossip site.
They agreed to appear and Evi even volunteered to wear an ankle bracelet while staying at a posh Vancouver hotel.
Vancouver police say they detained the couple Thursday after responding to a call for assistance, and a check revealed the pair are wanted on outstanding U.S. warrants.
Randy said he believed the US warrants were issued by mistake and had been withdrawn and that they didn't travel north in an effort to skip out on them.
"I love Canada," Randy Quaid told the adjudicator.
"It's been a very welcoming nation to me. I would not do anything to besmirch my reputation."
Last September, the couple was charged with defrauding an innkeeper or more than $10,000, as well as conspiracy and burglary after an allegedly invalid credit card was used at a ranch in Montecito and a luxury resort in Santa Barbara. The couple agreed to a plea deal, where Evi's charges were reduced to misdemeanors, and Randy's were dropped entirely.
Most recently, Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested on felony vandalism charges for trying to live in the guest house of their old home without the current owner's permission.
Randy Quaid, 60, is best-known for supporting roles in films such as "Independence Day" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.