A made-in-Vancouver tale seemingly plucked from a bizarre Hollywood script appears to have finally come to a close.
Randy Quaid’s lawyer announced Wednesday the Canada Border Services Agency have dropped their inadmissibility proceedings against the actor, who fled to Canada with his wife, Evi, in October because of an alleged “star whacker” conspiracy plot.
“Randy no longer faces any impediment to his presence in Canada,” attorney Catherine Sas said. “Evi’s Canadian citizenship was formally recognized and [she] has formally applied to sponsor her husband.”
Sas said Quaid is expected to get permanent resident status before his next scheduled refugee claim hearing, which would then be dropped.
“When Evi and I came to Canada last October, we could never have envisioned how things would unfold and how our lives would change,” Quaid said. “You’re all aware of what transpired since then. Today we’re here to say thank you Canada … thank you for the opportunity to live in peace.”
The National Lampoon’s star still faces a vandalism charge in California, and Sas says the couple hopes to resolve the issue from Vancouver.
Quaid and his wife applied for refugee status in Vancouver when they arrived to accept an award from the Vancouver Film Critic’s Circle.
The award, for best supporting actor in a Canadian film for 2009’s Real Time, was finally given to Quaid during the press conference.
Sas wouldn’t talk about the alleged conspiracy that sits at the heart of Quaid’s refugee claim and only said the couple feels safe in Canada.