Randy and Evi Quaid waive $ 1 million bond

November 17, 2010 ?? – The legal struggles of actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have become another chorus in Hollywood since they told ABC’s Good Morning America earlier this month that they were refugees fleeing “star whackers”.

But court documents show the couple’s financial problems started more than 10 years ago.

Quaid and his wife, Evi, did not appear Tuesday for their arraignment in Santa Barbara, Calif., On charges of vandalism. Randy and Evi Quaid were free on $ 500,000 bonds, and by not appearing in court they lost the $ 1 million bond.

The Quaids, who did not appear on at least four scheduled court dates, still have arrest warrants for their arrest, according to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office.

The Quaids’ most recent court case involved their Sept. 18 arrest in Montecito, California. The couple were found at a guesthouse where they allegedly caused $ 5,000 in property damage.

While the Quaids have claimed that they have owned the house since the 1990s, a representative for the current owner provided police with documents indicating that the owner purchased the property in 2007 from a man who bought it from the Quaids “several years earlier”, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara Sherrif department.

Four days after the Good Morning America interview, Quaid told CBS News that he didn’t think his life was in danger, but that there was a plot against him and his wife and other celebrities.

“What I mean by hitting a star… it’s not necessarily killing someone. It creates a scandal or a mystery around a celebrity who discredits him,” Quaid said. He also said his “ex-lawyer, former business manager and estate planner” was part of the plot.

With the irony that only Hollywood could create, the Quaids’ financial woes began in part with a film they created in the late 1990s called “The Debtors,” starring Randy Quaid, Michael Caine and Catherine McCormack. and directed by Evi Quaid.

According to Richard Marshack, a lawyer and trustee in the Quaids bankruptcy proceedings which began in 2000, there were legal and creative disagreements involving the Quaids and the film’s financier, Charles Simonyi. Eventually, the Quaids, listed in their 2000 Arkansas bankruptcy"}” data-sheets-userformat=”{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}”>Arkansas bankruptcy filing as Randall R. Quaid and Evzenya H. Quaid, racked up $ 3.5 million in debt, with listed assets of $ 3.4 million. dollars in personal property. Appeals to lawyers for the Quaids were not immediately returned.

Bankruptcy of an actor is not unusual, according to Hollywood business manager Scott Feinstein. Even with high salaries for movies, expenses, including union dues and lawyers, agents, and publicists’ fees, can add up, and commission rates of 25% are common. Additionally, while studios may pay relatively large sums to movie stars for blockbuster films, work can be sporadic.

“If he doesn’t have a job he doesn’t have an income,” said Feinstein, who is commercial director for actors such as Taylor Lautner, Vanessa Hudgens and Hilary Duff.

“It is clear that in 2000 he went bankrupt. What has happened in the past 10 years is that he has worked very little,” Feinstein said after reviewing the list of appearances at the actor’s cinema and television. Randy is known for his roles in the films of National Lampoon’s Vacation, “Brokeback Mountain” and “LBJ: The Early Years” for which he received a Golden Globe.

Marshack said the bankruptcy lasted in part because he believed the Quaids had not listed all of their assets correctly and that proceedings continued to deny him discharge of his debts. The 35 creditors listed in bankruptcy filings include American Express, the New York State Department of Taxation, Citibank, their former law firms that represented them, and luxury clothing companies Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

“We didn’t think he disclosed everything he owned,” Marshack said.

The case was settled after five years and the Quaids agreed to repay 50 percent of all they owed their creditors. Marshack said that following the bankruptcy, the actor was able to pay off half of his general unsecured debts, but had to pay in full any tax debts he may have had.

Eventually, the Quaids have accumulated other debts since their bankruptcy, including payments to their former private investigator, Becky Altringer.

Altringer said the Quaids hired her to investigate “the mob” who “wanted to kill them,” whom they believed was responsible for the deaths of actors Natasha Richardson, David Carradine and Heath Ledger.

“I took the case because it seemed a bit valid at first, but as I started to investigate I realized that no one was there to hurt them except Evi,” Altringer said. from his home in La Verne, California.

Altringer said she sued the Quaids for her services totaling around $ 19,000 in June 2009. She said she started receiving the actor’s salary garnishments in October, which matched the residual checks from his previous films. She said she received over $ 600 from movie studios such as MGM and Sony.

It is not known what type of income the Quaids are currently receiving.

On Tuesday, Quaids lawyer Robert Sanger told the judge that Canadian authorities confiscated the actor’s passport. Randy, who is seeking asylum in Canada, is due to have an immigration eligibility hearing in Vancouver on November 23. His wife is eligible for Canadian citizenship through her Canadian father.

Santa Barbara Assistant District Attorney Anthony Davis said his office was communicating with Canadian authorities.

“Extradition is always a possibility,” Davis said.

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