Manufacturing crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Present” detained within the Congressional Constructing close to the US Capitol
Several members of a production crew for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” were arrested Thursday night at a convention bureau building near the US Capitol, CBS said Friday. The group was filming a comedy segment when they were taken into custody, the company said.
The U.S. Capitol Police told CBS News that officers responded to a “call to disturbance” at 8:30 p.m. in the Longworth House Office Building, where they arrested seven people who were “unaccompanied and without Congressional ID” in a sixth floor hallway floor were.
After the group was determined not to be congressional employees – and had been ordered to leave the building earlier in the day – they were charged with unlawful entry. Police said a criminal investigation is ongoing and could lead to further charges.
Capitol Police did not provide names and would not say if the suspects belonged to “The Late Show,” which, like CBS News, is part of Paramount Global. But CBS said Friday the suspects were part of a production crew taping a comedy segment “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog” on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and Thursday.
The production team had conducted interviews earlier in the day that were “approved and pre-arranged by congressional assistants of the interviewed members,” CBS said in a statement. After leaving the members’ offices, the team stayed to film “stand-ups and other comedy elements” before they were arrested, the company said.
Photos released Thursday showed comedian Robert Smigel voicing the character of Triumph in the halls outside.
The incident came several hours after the committee concluded its third day of public hearings. The hearings will be held in the Cannon House Office Building, another Congressional building located directly across from the Longworth Building.