Congressman Threatens Reporter at Capitol: ‘I’ll Throw You Off This (Expletive) Balcony’
Update: Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.
Original: Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has apologized for his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
The confrontation began Tuesday when Michael Scotto, a reporter for New York cable news station NY1, asked Grimm about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.
After cutting the interview short, Grimm told Scotto, “You ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this (expletive) balcony.” He also threatened to “break (Scotto) in half.”
NY1 posted video of the incident on its website. (WATCH)
Grimm later issued a statement saying he was “extremely annoyed” with Scotto and doubted he was the “first member of Congress to tell off a reporter.”
Scotto was surprised by Grimm’s reaction to his question.
“I’m a New York City reporter, I’m used to push back, but I’ve never encountered anything like that,” Scotto told CNN.
Scotto said on the air Wednesday that Grimm had called him to apologize.
The reporter said he thought the apology sounded sincere, and that he had accepted it and would “move on.”
Grimm’s earlier statement on the encounter had been defiant, saying he felt Scotto’s question had been disrespectful.
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