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Video shows Colbert crew antics in House office building before arrest

Federal prosecutors ultimately declined to press charges against the "Colbert Nine"

Published: July 20, 2022 9:08pm

Updated: July 20, 2022 10:05pm

Video shows members of Stephen Colbert's team within a congressional office building prior to their arrest for unlawful entry on June 16.

Capitol Police arrested nine individuals associated with comedian Stephan Colbert on the sixth floor of the House Longworth Office Building, which sits across Independence Avenue from the U.S. Capitol.

While there, the group pretended to place invitations to a "cocaine orgy," in an apparent reference to North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's claim he received invitations to such events.

Police say the crew was warned "several times" against trespassing on Capitol grounds and that a concerned staffer for Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, alerted authorities to their presence because their behavior caused him to fear for his safety.

Footage of the Colbert team's shenanigans, obtained by Just the News, shows some of the crew outside of Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's office. One individual appears to try hanging a poster outside the Georgia Republican's door while another films the stunt with his phone.

At one point, a member of the crew holds up Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a puppet character that has appeared in multiple late night comedy programs, including Colbert's "Late Show."

Federal prosecutors ultimately declined to press charges against the "Colbert Nine" whom Colbert jokingly insisted only committed "first-degree puppetry."

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