Michael Grimm, New York GOP Congressman, apologizes after threatening reporter
NEW YORK (AP/WJLA) - A TV reporter says U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has apologized for physically threatening him at the end of an interview following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
During the confrontation Tuesday in the Capitol, the New York Republican told NY1 reporter Michael Scotto that he would break him in half and him throw him off a balcony for asking about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.
NY1 posted video of the threat.
“My bosses back at NY1 were watching the thing as it happened so when they saw how it played out that’s when they decided to air it immediately,” Scotto says.
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."
“This was an unfortunate incident that shouldn’t have happened,” Grimm says. “I am sure my Italian mother is going to be yelling at me saying 'you weren’t raised that way' and she is absolutely right.”
Grimm's earlier statement on the encounter had been defiant, saying he felt Scotto's question had been disrespectful.