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.
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.