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Actor James Cromwell pleads no contest to disrupting UW Regents meeting


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Actor James Cromwell was fined $263 in Madison Monday, after he and another man disrupted a UW Board of Regents meeting in February in an animal rights protest.

The 73-year-old Cromwell was nominated for an Oscar for the 1995 film “Babe” – and he’s also been in “L.A. Confidential” and “The Green Mile.”

Cromwell and 27-year-old Jeremy Beckham had their attorneys plead no contest in Dane County Circuit Court to disorderly conduct charges.

Both men held up signs at the UW Regents’ meeting, while complaining about the treatment of cats in campus research.

Cromwell told a reporter that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recruited him to do the protest. PETA says the UW starves about 30 cats a year for brain research that doesn’t pan out.

The UW has said that PETA’s claims are false.