Jan. 30 - Rep. Michael Grimm apologizes for threatening a reporter after an interview at the U.S. Capitol. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, a former Marine who threatened to throw a television reporter over a balcony after an interview in the Capitol, apologized on Wednesday (January 30) and said he had overreacted. "I will break you in half," Grimm told Michael Scotto of cable channel NY1 News in the confrontation late on Tuesday. Scotto had asked the New York Republican about a federal investigation into possible finance violations by his campaign. The question came after Scotto interviewed Grimm on camera about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama had just delivered to a joint session of Congress. On Wednesday, Scotto wrote in a post on Twitter that Grimm had phoned him to apologize and said he had overreacted. "I accepted his apology," the reporter said. Grimm walked away when asked on camera about the federal probe, but then returned to confront the reporter. In a video posted on the Web, he could be heard telling Scotto, "I'll break you in half, like a boy." Much of the recording is inaudible, but NY1 published a transcript of the exchange in which it said Grimm also told Scotto: "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this... balcony." Grimm, of the New York City borough of Staten Island, initially defended himself, issuing a statement late on Tuesday saying Scotto had taken a "cheap shot" by asking a question about a topic other than Obama's speech. On Wednesday, Grimm told reporters that his outburst had been wrong.