What to Read Next

James Cromwell arrested at PETA protest

soraya_roberts
The Juice
February 12, 2013

James Cromwell tried to stop what he considers a real American horror story last week.

The 73-year-old "American Horror Story" star was arrested on Feb. 7 in connection to disorderly conduct after joining forces with PETA to protest research on cats at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cromwell's newly released mug shot shows him looking a lot more rough and tumble than usual. The Oscar nominee sports a plaid shirt, a shaved head, and a goatee, a look he adopted for his recent role as Nazi Dr. Arthur Arden in "AHS: Asylum."

See also: Jessica Lange will return to 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

The septuagenarian is best known as kindly flat-capped farmer Arthur Hoggett in the 1995 comedy "Babe," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. However, he is also famous for playing the smooth, but bent, top cop Dudley Smith in 1997's "L.A. Confidential," as well as Jack Bauer's unfatherly father, Phillip, in "24."

PETA uploaded a video of Cromwell's protest to YouTube, which shows the actor reportedly crashing a Board of Regents meeting on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be seen entering the room with PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham (according to TMZ) and holding up a sign that reportedly showed a picture of a cat in the school labs with a metal implant in its head.

"Regents are looking the other way while UW Madison lies to the public about abusing cats and squandering tax payers' money on cruel and wasteful experiments," Cromwell says in the video. "As many as 30 cats a year at UW have had holes drilled into their skulls, metal coils implanted into their eyes. 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 you!"

See also: Behind the scenes of 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

During Cromwell's speech, security guards can be seen entering the room, and TMZ reports that the actor was taken out of the room in handcuffs. A rep confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the actor was then taken into custody.

According to PETA, the animal experiments were designed to help the deaf but have been unsuccessful. However, after the protest, the director of the UW-Madison Research Animal Resources Center released a statement claiming PETA "distorted" their research, which has allegedly been regulated by the USDA and "has very real benefits for people who are deaf."

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

This Movie Deal Is Sure To Get Your Attention!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

Drivers With No Accidents Must Read This

Are you aware that you could receive a large discount just for not having a ticket or accident in the past 3 years? See how you can save more.

Help Erase Credit Card Debt with a Personal Loan

Are you paying too much on your credit cards? Consider a Personal Loan to help consolidate your payments.

Drive part-time, full-time, or anytime with Uber!

As an Uber independent contractor you can get paid to drive your own car! We connect you with riders, and you work when you want to.

Consolidate your Student Loans by Refinancing

Refinance your student loans to a lower rate with SoFi. Find out how much you can save!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Help your customers on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's customers are social, so you should be too. Read this e-book to learn six things to consider as you plan your support strategy.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.