SANTA BARBARA — Evi Quaid, 47-year-old wife of Academy Award-nominated actor Randy Quaid, failed to make another in a series of required court appearances Thursday, prompting Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa to issue a $100,000 felony bench warrant for her arrest.
Evi Quaid was due in court for a probation hearing in connection with multiple charges of defrauding an innkeeper. In that case, the Quaids had allegedly generated unpaid hotel and food service charges in excess of $10,000 at Montecito’s San Ysidro Ranch, one of the nation’s premier resort destinations. Those charges against Mr. Quaid were dropped; Mrs. Quaid submitted a no contest plea to the charges and agreed to terms of probation.
Having already forfeited a $1million bail for failing to appear in Santa Barbara this past October in an unrelated case involving charges of trespass, vandalism and resisting arrest, both Randy and Evi Quaid are believed to currently be in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are reportedly seeking asylum from Canadian authorities, claiming a need for protection from “Hollywood star-whackers,” a conspiratorial shadow organization they assert is responsible for the deaths of such luminaries as Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine.
When Mrs. Quaid does ultimately appear before the Santa Barbara Superior Court, she will require new legal representation. Robert Sanger, who has until now represented the Quaids and is known locally for winning an acquittal for pop star Michael Jackson against charges of child molestation, has withdrawn as attorney for both Randy and Evi Quaid in the pending trespassing and vandalism case.
When contacted for comment this weekend, Sanger said: “Mrs. Quaid will be better served by someone with a fresh perspective on her situation. I wish her nothing but the best.”