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The Late Show production crew was arrested in the US Capitol during filming of the TV comedy segment – 960 The Ref

The Late Show production crew was arrested in the US Capitol while filming a comedy segment The production team has been charged with illegal entry and an investigation is ongoing, media reported. (NCD)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday arrested seven members of the production team for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” who were filming a comedy segment and charged them with illegal entry, authorities said on Friday.

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The crew have been charged with illegal entry and an investigation is now underway, the New York Times reported.

CBS confirmed the production crew was arrested at the Longworth House Office Building while filming the segment starring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a profane dog voiced by writer and comedian Robert Smigel, according to the Times. Smigel was among those arrested, Variety reported.

Capitol Police said the arrests were made when the building was closed to visitors and crew had been told to leave the building earlier in the day, the Times reported. In a statement, Capitol Police said the crew were arrested around 8:30 p.m. EDT when they were found “unaccompanied and without congressional ID in a sixth floor hallway.”

The arrests were first reported by Fox.

The arrests came as Congress held televised hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

At the time of the arrests, the crew had completed prearranged interviews with members of Congress and were filming “final comedy elements” in the hallways of the Longworth Building for a future segment of The Late Show, the Times reported.

“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged by congressional assistants to the interviewed members,” CBS said in a statement. “After the production team left the members’ offices for their final interview of the day, it remained to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls as they were arrested by Capitol Police.”

Smigel and his sarcastic dog puppet character rose to fame in the late 1990s for the comedian’s appearances on Saturday Night Live and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Variety reported.

Smigel could not be reached for comment Friday night, the Times reported.

“This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges upon consultation with the U.S. Attorney,” Capitol Police said in its statement.

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