A production team for CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was detained Thursday by US Capitol police after recording interviews on the same day as one of them. January 6 Committee hearingA spokesman for the network confirmed on Friday.
Renata Luczak, vice president of entertainment communications for CBS, said that the production team associated with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a character voiced by Robert Smigel, was on Capitol Hill For a comedy segment on behalf of “The Late Show” on both Wednesday and Thursday.
“His interviews at Capital were authorized and interviewed pre-arranged through members of Congress’ aides,” Luczak said in an email. “After the members left the office on their final interview of the day, the production team stayed in the hall to film stand-up and other final comedy elements when they were detained by Capitol Police.”
It did not specify how many persons were detained or whether they were arrested. NBC News has contacted for additional information.
US Capitol Police said in a statement Friday that officers received a call at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday “or disturbances in the Longworth House office building.”
Responding officers saw seven individuals in a sixth-floor hallway, without security and without Congressional ID. The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be part of a group known as the USCP. earlier in the day,” Capitol Police said, without providing additional details about the individuals or why they were there.
“He was charged with unlawful entry. This is an active criminal investigation, and additional criminal charges may follow after consultation with the US Attorney.”
Fox NewsIt reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources, that the seven men arrested worked for “The Late Show.”
Rodney Davis of Illinois, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee who oversees House security, said in a fox news interview that he intends to pursue the matter.
“We will ask the security officers why these arrests were made, what they were doing without an escort,” Davis said.
He then compared the incident to the January 6 committee earlier this week release new footage About a man who made violent verbal threats against top Democratic lawmakers outside the Capitol on January 6 and was taken a day earlier by Representative Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., on a tour of House office buildings.
“The only people arrested by the Capital Police for visiting the House office buildings are people working for Stephen Colbert,” Davis said.