"I'm being embezzled by this monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties," Quaid said to media in Vancouver, just after leaving a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board.
He said they have been aided by the entertainment division of City National Bank’s Roxbury branch, in Beverley Hills.
He said he and his wife, Evi, who have been married for 20 years, did not defraud an innkeeper and did not trespass on their own property.
“Up until a year ago, Evi and I had never had any run in with the law whatsoever,” he stated.
"We are not criminals, nor are we fugitives from justice, nor are we crazy. We are simply artists and filmmakers who are being racketeered on."
He said he believes there is a “malignant tumour of star whackers in Hollywood,” and sounded close to tears as he mentioned friends who he believes were killed by star whackers.
He listed Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine as some of those people, and added that others, including Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, are “being played to get at their money.”
Quaid said he has earned about $40 million throughout his career, and would like to work in Canada now.
"I would like to announce my availability and desire to do so immediately — legally of course."
Quaid’s Canadian lawyer, Catherine Sas, was with him when he spoke.
"Do you understand how paranoid and delusional your client sounds?" the Vancouver Sun
quoted a television reported as asking Sas.
She said she was not going to comment.
An admissibility hearing on Quaid’s request to stay in Canada was carried over until November 8.
He and his wife were arrested on October 21 because of outstanding US warrants (for failing to appear in court on felony vandalism and misdemeanour trespass charges), but they requested asylum in Canada, stating that they felt their lives were in danger.
He posted a $10,000 bond, and his lawyer said they are now looking at options such as applying for work permits or permanent resident status.
It was discovered that Evi Quaid’s father was a Canadian, so she has Canadian citizenship.