Last Update: 3/26/2013 4:07:00 PM
Actor James Cromwell pleads no contest to charges stemming from cat experiment protest
MADISON, Wis. - Actor James Cromwell has pleaded no contest to disrupting a University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents meeting last month while protesting cat experiments at the school.
The 73-year-old Cromwell and another activist, 27-year-old Jeremy Beckham, were charged with disorderly conduct following the meeting on the UW-Madison campus Feb. 7.
Both men held large signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a campus lab while shouting about the treatment of cats.
Cromwell's attorney, Marcus Jens Berghahn, entered no contest pleas on both men's behalf Monday. A court commissioner ordered each to pay $263 in forfeitures and costs.
Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1995 film "Babe." His film credits also include "L.A. Confidential" and "The Green Mile."
Cromwell's protest was based on this report
by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: