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They also remain subject to arrest in the United States; fugitive warrants issued by a Santa Barbara judge remain active.

“They’re fraudulent warrants as far as we’re concerned,” Evi Quaid said. “Randy Quaid is no more a fugitive from America than Uncle Sam is. I mean, he’s the star of `Independence Day.’”

The Quaids argue they may still own the home where they were arrested, that there are legitimate questions about whether the actor’s signature on documents transferring the house is a forgery.

Evi Quaid also says they hadn’t caused any of the damage attributed to them by authorities, but rather had tried to clean up the house in the hopes that it might still be theirs. “All I did was garden,” she said.

Despite their current woes, the Quaids say their problems go back much further; they suspect that personal information has been stolen and their phones have been hacked, possibly by reporters.

A 2008 story in the New York Post detailed complaints against the couple over their behavior on the set of a Broadway-bound play being rehearsed in Seattle. The show imploded, the story claimed, due to bizarre behavior by the actor, including lewd comments and hitting a castmate in the head. The end result was an $81,000 fine by the Actors’ Equity Association and a lifetime ban from the group.

Drawing parallels with the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed British papers owned by Post parent News Corp., Randy Quaid claims he had discussed many details that were included in the Post piece with his attorney on a cell phone before boarding a flight in New York.

As the plane was about to leave, the Quaids said Post columnist Michael Riedel contacted him about the allegations, which the Quaids believe could have only been revealed if someone had hacked their phone.

The paper rejected the allegation in a statement released to the AP late Friday. “Michael Riedel categorically denies this claim,” the paper said in a statement, stating that Quaid has provided no proof he was hacked.

The Quaids say they hope other stars will speak out and that inquiries by U.S. authorities will expose dirty tabloid tactics similar to those surfacing in the U.K. “At least they’re outraged in England,” Evi Quaid said. “I hope that it crosses to New York and people get angry.”


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