Evi Quaid accuses arresting officer of accepting bribe

The Brokeback Mountain star and his partner Evi each posted $20,000 (£13,300) bail on Thursday night (24Sep09) after they were arrested in rural Marfa over an outstanding $10,000 (£6,660) hotel bill.

A judge had issued a warrant for the couple’s arrest earlier in the day after hotel bosses at the luxury San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, claimed the Quaids had left without paying up.

Evi returned to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning (25Sep09) and verbally abused arresting officer Deputy James Davis in what he has described as a “psychotic episode”.

In a handwritten police statement, obtained by TMZ.com, Evi Quaid alleges Davis is in cohorts with two men, including the couple’s former business manager Mickey Segal, to extort cash from the Quaids.

She claims the extortion is related to a death threat the couple received last year (08) when the actor was booted from the Actors’ Equity Association. He was ousted after he was accused by the cast of his Broadway show Lone Star Love of physically and verbally abusing them.

Evi reportedly suspected one of Quaid’s former colleagues made the death threat.

In her police statement, Evi writes, “I believe James Davis fraudulently organised an arrest of my husband and myself to receive money from Bob Boyett… (from) The Stagehands Union and our former business manager Mickey Segal, who are attempting to acquire our assets illegally by creating false evidence.”