Production crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” detained at Congress building near US Capitol

Several members of the production team of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were detained Thursday night in a congressional office building near the U.S. Capitol, CBS reported Friday. The company said the group was filming a comedy section when they were taken into custody.

The U.S. Capitol Police told CBS News that officers responded to a “call to disturbance” at 8:30 pm in the Longworth House office building, where they detained seven people in the sixth floor hallway “without bodyguards and Congress ID.”

After the committee determined that they were not employees of Congress – and were asked to leave the building the previous day – they were charged with trespassing. Police said a criminal investigation is underway and could lead to several more charges.

Capitol Police have not released any names and if the suspects were with “The Late Show” it was part of Paramount Global, similar to CBS News. But CBS said on Friday that there were suspects in the production team that recorded the “Triumph the Insulted Comic Dog” comedy section on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and Thursday.

The production team conducted the interviews the previous day, “approved by the congressional aides of the interviewed members and pre-arranged,” CBS said in a statement. After leaving the members’ offices, the group relied on filming “stand-ups and other comedy elements” before they were detained, the company said.

Photos released on Thursday showed comedian Robert Smigel giving voice to the Triumph character. Jan. 6 House Selection Committee Inquiries.

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 holds its third hearing, Robert Smigel
Actor and comedian Robert Smigel starred as “Triumph the Insulted Comic Dog” on the sidewalk outside the House Selection Committee investigation into the January 6 attack on the American Capitol. June 16, 2022 Washington, D.C.

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The incident came just hours after the panel concluded its third day of public hearing. Investigations are underway in the Canon House office building, another congressional building located directly opposite the Longworth building.

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