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Academy Award nominee arrested at UW Board of Regents meeting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Academy Award nominee and longtime PETA activist James Cromwell was arrested Thursday morning after interrupting a meeting of the UW Board of Regents.

The UW Police Department says Cromwell and Jeremy Beckham entered the meeting holding oversized poster boards with graphic photos of a cat named Double Trouble that they say was experimented on at UW-Madison.

PETA says Cromwell shouted "Shame on UW for mutilating and killing cats!" upon entry to the meeting.

The UWPD says Cromwell agreed to leave when asked by officers, but Beckham passively resisted by going limp and falling to the ground. Officers then had to remove Beckham.

Both men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Madison.com reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated an allegation about UW experimenting on cats but it found no violations.

Thursday's protest came after PETA sent a letter to the UW Board of Regents on January 22 claiming nine other cats were abused as part of UW research.

Cromwell is best known for his roles in movies "The Green Mile" and "Secretariat" and television roles in "American Horror Story: Asylum," "Boardwalk Empire" and "24."

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