‘American Horror Story’ Actor James Cromwell Arrested For Cat Torture Protest; PETA Shares Video

By Amanda Remling on February 8, 2013 10:57 AM EST

James Cromwell
James Cromwell was arrested on Thursday. (Photo: Dane County Sheriff's Off)

Actor James Cromwell is far from the sick Nazi doctor that he played in Season 2 of "American Horror Story." The 73-year-old was recently arrested after storming into a board meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, protesting their reported cat torture in scientific research.

According to USA Today, the arrest occurred on Thursday, Feb. 7. Cromwell, alongside Peta spokesman Jeremy Beckham, reportedly barged into the board meeting holding up signs and shouting:

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"This is not science. This is torture."

A video of the event was posted by Peta on YouTube. The video shows the pair walking into the boardroom as a camera man follows. Their signs display a photo of a cat with metal implanted in its head. Cromwell begins to tell the room how the school "lies to the public about abusing cats." According to the actor, as many as 30 cats a year have holes drilled into their skulls, metal implanted into their eyes, starved and decapitated.

Cromwell eventually gets lead out of the room by security, but Beckham steps up to finish where he left off. Taking a seat on the floor to avoid getting removed from the room as well, Beckham begins to tell the room, "Shame on UW for killing cats,;shame on UW for drilling holes in cats skulls."

Members of the boardroom sat in silence during the protest.

A University spokesperson told TMZ that the two men were taken to the local police station once they were removed from the room. Beckham was allegedly dragged out while Cromwell was said to have been escorted out in handcuffs.

The "American Horror Story" actor was ticked on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and released Thursday afternoon.

"Today's events are just another attempt by outside activists to draw attention to a cause," the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Animal Resources said in a statement. "They have attacked and distorted this research-which has very real benefits for people who are deaf - from every angle imaginable."

The director concluded that the USDA found "Peta's allegations" to be "baseless."

"The University of Wisconsin may think that grant money matters more than animals' suffering, but the public who unwittingly funds this cruelty demands an end to these hideous experiments," Cromwell said in a release on PETA.org. "My friends at Peta and I will continue to call on UW-Madison to stop cutting into and killing cats in this useless experiment."

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