‘Late Show’ Staffers Arrested for Unlawful Entry at U.S. Capitol After Taping Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Skit

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A number of people working for CBSLate Show with Stephen Colbert were arrested Thursday night at a U.S Capitol office building after taping a skit involving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Robert Smigel was among those arrested. He is a former Saturday Night Live writer and Late Night With Conan O’Brien writer, best known for his portrayal of Triumph. Smigel was previously seen as Triumph on the Late show .

“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,” a CBS spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Their interviews at Capitol were authorized and prearranged through Congressional aides. After the last interview, the production team left the members’ offices to film stand-ups in the halls. They were then detained by Capitol Police

According to the U.S. Capitol Police statement, the group was confronted in the Longworth House Office Building around 8: 30 on Thursday, after it had been closed to visitors.

“Responding officials observed seven individuals, unaccompanied and without Congressional ID in a sixth floor hallway,” the statement stated. “The building was closed to the public and these individuals were found to be part of a group that had been instructed by the USCP to leave earlier in the day .”

They were charged with unlawful entry according to the USCP.

” This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal prosecutions after consultation with U.S. Attorney,” said the statement.

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