Randy Quaid Arrested in Canada

After 5 years, he says he's ready to face US charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2015 1:39 AM CDT
Randy Quaid Arrested in Canada
In this Oct. 28, 2010, photo, actor Randy Quaid arrives for an immigration hearing in Vancouver, BC.   (Jonathan Hayward)

American actor Randy Quaid says he could be deported from Canada next week and that he'd like to resolve his legal issues in California and "move on with my life." In a phone interview with the AP on Wednesday from a detention center in Laval, Quebec, Quaid said he was arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency while doing a regular check-in on Tuesday. "They won't allow me to remain," he said. The actor and his Canadian wife fled the US in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution. Quaid has sought to stay in Canada, saying he was being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers" who had killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.

His bid for permanent residency in Canada was denied in 2012, but it can take years for deportation to follow. Quaid and his wife face legal problems in the US that began in 2010, when they were charged with trespassing and causing more than $5,000 in damage to the guesthouse of a California home they once owned. They were allegedly squatting in it when they were arrested. Two days before they were charged, they traveled to Vancouver, BC. "I probably will get arrested for all that. I'm perfectly willing to face all that stuff," Quaid says. "I would like to have the issues in Santa Barbara resolved so I can move on with my life." (In 2009, the Quaids were arrested for skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill.)

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