Several people working on the CBS show ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ have been detained by police at the US Capitol. Washington DC.
The arrests involved illegal entry into the Capitol on Thursday and filming of a skit for the Triumph Insult Comic Dog.
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Police arrested several staff members on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’, a recording of a TV stunt.
Some of the crew of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, including Robert Smigel, have been charged with illegal entry.
Capitol Police reported that at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, seven people were detained in a hallway of the Longworth House office building after visitors were banned from entering it.
The police mentioned that they encouraged the members to leave the building early that day.
A CBS official issued a statement about the incident. A spokesperson said: ‘Response officers observed seven unescorted persons in the corridor on the sixth floor without congressional IDs.
The statement said, ‘The building has been closed to visitors and these people have been determined to be part of a group that the USCP has ordered to leave the building one day earlier.’
CBS confirmed that the puppet of the Triumph Insult Comic Dog was with the crew when they were arrested.
Triumph Insult Comic Dog has been voiced by Robert Smigel for many years.
The team was reported to have concluded with pre-arranged interviews with parliamentarians. When they were detained, they were preparing to film ‘The Final Comedy Element’ in the Capitol hallway for the next part of the talk show.
The team was filming near the offices of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican Representative Lauren Bobert.
‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ crew under investigation
The case is still being investigated with Matthew M. Graves, a US attorney in the District of Columbia, who is also working as a consultant.
The USCP said in a statement that Colbert and his colleagues could face additional charges.
In addition to Robert Smigel, Fox News reports that police have arrested Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez and Tyrone Dean. The staff also included Stephen, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers and David Feldman.
The reason for the discrepancy behind the police citing seven individuals while Fox News reported the names of nine people is still unclear.
However, Mr. Graves and his office have yet to comment on the situation.