Stephen Colbert’s Late Show production crew arrested at Capitol Hill office building


U.S. Capitol Police said Friday that officers arrested a group of unauthorized people at a congressional office building Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry.

People identified themselves as affiliated with CBS Late show with Stephane ColbertFox News first reported and The Associated Press confirmed it.

A senior House source provided the network with a list of nine people who were arrested by officers. The list includes several producers from the series and Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The incident occurred Thursday evening following the third public hearing of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Fox News reports that the group was arrested at the Longworth House office building and had gone to the Cannon House office building earlier in the day to get interviews about the committee hearing.

They were asked to leave the Cannon building because they did not have the proper press credentials.

Capitol Police say they received a call about a disturbance at the Longworth House office building around 8:30 p.m.

“Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway,” the agency said in a statement. “The building was closed to visitors, and these people were determined to be part of a group that had been ordered by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day.”

In a statement to The Hollywood ReporterCBS said the production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to tape a comedy segment featuring Triumph.

“Their interviews on Capitol Hill were cleared and pre-arranged by the congressional aides of the interviewed members,” the network said.

“After leaving the members’ offices during their final interview of the day, the production crew stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were detained by police. of the Capitol.”

Fox News reports that they were arrested near Representative Lauren Boebert’s office and also took photos and video near the office of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The USCP statement says the case remains “an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges following consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”

Capitol Police, contrary to standard practice, declined to provide the names of those arrested.

With reporting from The Associated Press


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