Randy Quaid's wife, Evi, has been issued an arrest warrant for missing a probation hearing set for Thursday in Santa Barbara, Calif., said Deputy District Attorney Anthony Davis, according to The Associated Press. Quaid's attorney, Robert Sanger, withdrew from the case.
The legal difficulties for actor Randy Quaid and Evi have become another Hollywood headline refrain since telling ABC's "Good Morning America" earlier this year that they were refugees running from "star whackers." They are currently in Canada, where Randy is seeking asylum.
Court documents show financial problems began for the couple more than 10 years ago.
The Quaids failed to appear for their arraignment in Santa Barbara, Calif., in November on felony vandalism charges. Both Randy and Evi Quaid were free on $500,000 bonds, and by failing to show up in court they have forfeited the $1 million bail money.
Randy and Evi, who have not appeared to at least four prior scheduled court dates, still have warrants out for their arrest, according to the Santa Barbara district attorney's office.
The couple's most recent legal case involved their arrest on Sept. 18 in Montecito, Calif. The couple was found in a guest house where they allegedly caused $5,000 in damages to the property.
While the Quaids claimed they owned the home since the 1990s, a representative of the current owner provided documentation to police 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's department.
Randy Quaid later clarified to CBS News that he did not feel his life was threatened, but there was a conspiracy against he and his wife, and other celebrities.
"What I mean by star whacking…it's not killing somebody necessarily. It's creating a scandal or mystery around a celebrity that discredits them," Quaid said. He also said his "ex-attorney, ex-business manager, and estate planner," were a part of that conspiracy.
The Quaids' financial difficulties began in part by a movie 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, an attorney and trustee in the Quaids' bankruptcy proceedings that began in 2000, there were legal and creative disagreements involving the Quaids and the movie's financier, Charles Simonyi.
The Quaids, listed in their 2000 Los Angeles bankruptcy filing as Randall R. Quaid and Evzenya H. Quaid, eventually accumulated the $3.5 million of debt, with listed assets of $3.4 million in personal property.
An actors' bankruptcy is hardly unusual, according to Hollywood business manager Scott Feinstein. Even with high salaries from films, expenses including union dues and fees for lawyers, agent and publicists can add up and 25 percent commission rates are common. Also, while studios may pay movie stars relatively large amounts for successful films, the work can be sporadic.
"If he has no work, he has no income," said Feinstein, who is a business manager for actors including Taylor Lautner, Vanessa Hudgens and Hilary Duff.