Actor James Cromwell pleads no contest to violation on UW campus

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Actor James Cromwell has pleaded no contest to disrupting a University of Wisconsin-Madison Board of Regents meeting last month to rail about cat experiments on campus.

The 73-year-old Cromwell and 27-year-old activist Jeremy Beckham were charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the Feb. 7 protest.

The two held large signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab while shouting about the treatment of cats.

Cromwell's attorney, Marcus Jens Berghahn, entered the plea on Cromwell's behalf Monday. Dane County Circuit Court Commissioner Jason Hanson ordered Cromwell to pay $263 in forfeitures and costs. Berghahn also entered a no contest plea for Beckham; Hanson ordered him to pay $263 as well.

Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1995 film "Babe."

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