Crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” detained in congressional building

Crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” detained in congressional building

Several members of a production team for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” were taken into custody Thursday night at a congressional office building near Washington, CBS reported Friday. According to CBS, the group was filming a comedy segment at the time they were taken into custody.

U.S. Capitol Police told CBS News that officers responded to a “call for a disturbance” at 8: 30 p.m. at the Longworth House Office Building, where they detained seven people who were “unescorted and without Congressional ID” in a sixth-floor hallway. After determining that the group were not Congressional employees, and having been asked to leave earlier in the day, they were charged with unlawful entrance. Police stated that a criminal investigation was ongoing and could lead them to additional charges.

Capitol Police declined to release names or say if the suspects belonged to “The Late Show,” which is, like CBS News and Paramount Global. CBS confirmed Friday that the suspects were part a production team that was filming a “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog” comedy segment on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and Thursday.

The production team had previously conducted interviews earlier in day that were “authorized and pre-arranged through congressional advisers of the members interviewed,” CBS stated in a statement. The company stated that the team continued filming “stand-ups” and other comedy elements after leaving the offices of the members.

Photos posted Thursday showed comedian Robert Smigel, who voices the character of Triumph, in the halls outside the Jan. 6 House select committee hearings.

House January 6th Select Committee Holds Its Third Hearing Robert Smigel
Actor and comedian Robert Smigel performs as “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog” in the hallways outside the House select committee hearings investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. June 16, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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The incident came several hours after the committee had wrapped up its third day of public hearings. The hearings will take place in the Cannon House Office Building which is located across the street from Longworth’s building.

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