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Actor James Cromwell charged in Wis. animal rights protest

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Actor James Cromwell and another man have been charged with disorderly conduct following an arrest at a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting Feb. 7, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Cromwell, 73, of Studio City, Calif., and Jeremy Beckham, 27, of Salt Lake City, were both charged Friday with civil ordinance violations. Both men are scheduled to appear in court March 25.

Cromwell -- an Oscar nominated actor from the 1995 film "Babe" -- and Beckham are accused of disrupting the regents meeting in protest of animal research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The actor and Beckham were arrested after they allegedly held large signs featuring a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab.

According to the Journal, Cromwell shouted, "This is not science, this is torture, and it is criminal! Shame on UW!" before he was led away from the meeting by police.

Cromwell and Beckham were initially booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and released on bail the same afternoon.

Cromwell has starred in such films as "The Artist," "The Green Mile," "L.A. Confidential," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "W." His television credits include "American Horror Story: Asylum" and "24."

The actor also starred Minnesota-made historical war drama "Memorial Day," which was shot in various parts of the state in 2011.

If convicted, both Cromwell and Beckham face fines up to $1,000.

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