The Babe star was one of two protesters who briefly disrupted the Orange County Partnership's Annual Event in New Windsor, after taking issue with organisers presenting a prize to CPV Valley Energy Center boss Steve Remillard, who is overseeing construction on a new natural gas-fired electricity plant in a nearby town.

Cromwell and the second demonstrator, Pramilla Malick, insist the plant will pollute the area and threaten the agricultural environment and the health of their fellow local residents.

"The last thing CPV should be doing is getting an award for polluting our Hudson Valley," Malick told reporters after she was ejected from the venue.

Cromwell, 75, is well-known for his activism regarding environmental and animal rights issues, and was arrested in 2013 during a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protest at the University of Wisconsin, where he and others were demanding an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on cats. He escaped prosecution over the demonstration after paying a fine.