Production team for Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ arrested inside Capitol complex

Members of CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert’s production team were arrested Thursday inside a U.S. House office building and charged with unlawful entry, reports say.

In total, seven people were arrested inside the Capitol complex’s Longworth House Office Building. The production team had been filming a segment featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a puppet voiced by comedian Robert Smigel, The New York Times reported.

The group was taken into custody after “being escorted out of the Jan. 6 committee hearing earlier in the day because they did not have proper press credentials,” Fox News reported, citing unnamed sources.

“The same group resurfaced later on Thursday night after the Capitol complex was closed to public visitors and Fox News is told that they took videos and pictures around the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.,” the outlet added.

According to authorities, U.S. Capitol Police was alerted to a disturbance in the office building at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, then found seven unescorted, uncredentialed individuals in a hallway.

“On June 16, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building,” Capitol Police said. “Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway.

“The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day,” the statement added. “They were charged with Unlawful Entry.  This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”

According to CBS, the production team had pre-arranged interviews with members of Congress, then “stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls.”

“On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was on-site at the Capitol with a production team to record interviews for a comedy segment on behalf of ‘The Late Show,'” CBS said.

“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed,” the statement continued.

“After leaving the members’ offices on their last interview of the day, the production team stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol Police.”