Randy Quaid and his wife were grounded when their passports were revoked a while back and now they’re suing over the incident. Randy and his wife, Evgenia, are aiming to recover their passports and they claim they can’t move forward with their lives until the issue is resolved.
ABC News shares that Randy and Evgenia Quaid had their passports revoked some time ago and they have yet to have them returned.The State Department notes that it typically takes away passports for issues related to felony arrest warrants, fraud, criminal court orders barring people from leaving the country or issues revolving around a failure to pay child support.
In the case that led to Randy Quaid and his wife being grounded in the United States without passports, the actor vaguely states that the revocation is related to a failure to take out an insurance policy. He has not shared anything more specific than that, but his version doesn’t seem to sync up all that well with other reports regarding the incident.
According to TMZ, the Quaid passport revocation is related to an unpaid hotel bill in California. They allegedly used bogus credit cards to pay for the $10,000 bill and then skipped out. Criminal charges were brought up, but they ran and then felony arrest warrants were put out for them. The two went to Canada, and because the warrants were still active, they were considered fugitives and that led to them losing their passports.
Evgenia says that Randy has had to decline film offers and he had to turn down an opportunity to go to the Cannes Film Festival last year over the issue. She says they can’t proceed with their lives and they are now suing John Kerry and the U.S. State Department to get their passports back.
Quaid, the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid, has had a number of legal problems over the past few years. He was accused of vandalizing a home he once owned in addition to the California hotel issue.
Evi was granted citizenship in Canada, it seems, but Randy’s request was denied. They have now filed suit claiming that they are unable to identify themselves as citizens of the U.S. and they want new passports so they can return to the States.
Will the approach of filing a lawsuit work in this case? From the sounds of things, Randy Quaid and his wife may be grounded in Canada a bit longer as there are clearly some significant issues yet to be resolved in this case.
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