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Congressman Michael Grimm apologizes for threatening reporter

A congressman was caught on camera threatening a reporter following the State of the Union address.
January 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A reporter for a New York cable station said a New York congressman apologized for threatening him at the end of an interview at the Capitol after the State of the Union address.

"I accepted his apology and I think we're going to move on from here," said NY1 reporter Michael Scotto.

During the confrontation, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm stalked out of an interview when Scotto tried to ask him about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

Then he stormed back, leaned in close and said, "Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this (expletive) balcony."

Scott protested, saying he was asking "a valid question." That's when Grimm glanced at the camera, leaned in again and said, "No. No. You're not man enough. You're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

The congressman was unapologetic at first, saying in a statement that he felt Scotto's question had been disrespectful.

"The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of The Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview ... I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won't be the last," the statement read in part.

Scotto said on NY1 Wednesday that Grimm's subsequent apology sounded sincere.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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