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Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell was arrested while protesting a UW System Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Actor James Cromwell, who broke in on a UW Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 7 to protest cruelty to cats used in university research, settled his case Monday by paying a fine for a civil offense.

Cromwell, 73, and animal rights activist Jeremy Beckham, 27, were handed disorderly conduct tickets for the incident, during which they waved signs and Cromwell told the Regents: "As many as 30 cats a year at UW have had holes drilled in their skulls. They are deafened, starved for days at a time and then decapitated. This is not science. This is torture. And it is criminal. Shame on UW.”

The well-publicized incident, which garnered nationwide notice, was resolved Monday when an attorney representing Beckham and Cromwell entered no-contest pleas to the non-criminal offense and agreed to pay $100 forfeitures and court costs of $263.50 each.

After the incident, it was revealed that the university was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last December for an incident in which a cat was accidentally burned.

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Cromwell is an Oscar-nominated actor known for numerous television and movie appearances over his 40-year career, including “L.A. Confidential,” “The Queen” and “Babe,” for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.