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GOP Congressman apologizes after threatening to throw reporter off the 'f***ing balcony' and 'break him in half' after State of the Union

Rep Michael Grimm, of Staten Island, told NY1 political report Michael Scotto that he will throw him off the balcony inside the Capitol building over his line of questioning.

  • Rep Michael Grimm, 43, of Staten Island, told NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto he will throw him off Capitol balcony
  • Scotto tried to ask Grimm about federal charges filed against his campaign donor earlier this month 
  • Grimm, a retired Marine and ex-FBI agent, later said he was annoyed with Scotto for taking 'a cheap shot' at him and 'took him to task'
  • The Republican has since called the reporter to apologize personally
  • Not his first time threatening violence as he allegedly used his gun to threaten a man at a nightclub back when he was an off-duty FBI agent

 

 

The Congressman who threatened to throw a reporter off the Capitol balcony on camera last night has apologized.

Michael Grimm stormed off after NY1 reporter Michael Scotto tried to ask him about a controversy over his campaign finances - but returned to confront the TV news man.

He squared up to Scotto and told him 'you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f***ing balcony' before threatening to break Scotto in half 'like a boy'.

But today Grimm said he had called Scotto to apologize and said he 'overreacted' when he threatened him with physical violence following the State of the Union address.

Scotto posted a message on Twitter Wednesday morning announcing the call, but it comes after Grimm already defended his decision to 'take him to task' after the reporter asked about an ongoing federal investigation into Grimm's campaign finances.

The incident was caught on camera, showing how Grimm cut the interview short after refusing to answer questions about the probe.

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Bully pulpit: Rep Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, was being interviewed by NY1 about the State of the Union address when he became angry with the reporter and threatened him

Bully pulpit: Rep Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, was being interviewed by NY1 about the State of the Union address when he became angry with the reporter and threatened him

 

Off-topic question: NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto attempted to question Grimm about the FBI investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising, but the politician cut him off and refused to discuss the matter

Off-topic question: NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto attempted to question Grimm about the FBI investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising, but the politician cut him off and refused to discuss the matter

 

Rep. Michael Grimm threatens attack on TV reporter

‘I'm not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the President,’ said an irate Grimm before stalking off.

‘So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,’ Scotto said into the camera.

That is when Grimm, 43, marched back and confronted a startled-looking Scotto.

Although the audio in the clip that captured the exchange is very low, a transcript provided by NY1shows that at one point Grimm said to Scott: 'Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f***ing balcony.’

The reporter attempted to defend himself, pointing out that he simply wanted to ask ‘a valid question.’

In response, Grimm told him: 'No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy.’

In the wake of the incident, Grimm released an unapologetic statement claiming that he was ‘extremely annoyed’ because he was doing NY1 a favor by agreeing to do their interview first. 

‘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, because I did not have time to speak off-topic,’ Grimm said.

 

Fit of rage: The 43-year-old retired Marine and former FBI agent went after Scott, threatening to throw him off the balcony

Fit of rage: The 43-year-old retired Marine and former FBI agent went after Scott, threatening to throw him off the balcony

 

Threat of violence: Grimm (right) was caught on camera telling Scotto: 'I'll break you in half. Like a boy.'

Threat of violence: Grimm (right) was caught on camera telling Scotto: 'I'll break you in half. Like a boy.'

Next step: Hours after issuing a statement defending his decision to 'take him to task', Grimm called the reporter and apologized

Next step: Hours after issuing a statement defending his decision to 'take him to task', Grimm called the reporter and apologized

 

He continued, saying: ‘I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor.

‘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.’

He issued a second statement Wednesday morning: 'I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool.'

'I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon. In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be working hard for my constituents on issues like flood insurance that is so desperately needed in my district post Sandy,' Grimm wrote.

A retired U.S. Marine and former FBI agent, Grimm was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 during the wave of Tea Party conservatism.

Grimm released a statement blaming Scotto for being ungrateful
Michael Scotto

Unapologetic: A defiant Grimm (left) released a statement blaming Scotto (right) for being ungrateful and failing to show him respect by taking a 'cheap shot' at him

 

NY1 political director Bob Hardt demanded that Grimm issue an apology to Scott, calling his behavior 'extremely disturbing.'

Earlier this month, the FBI charged Grimm’s donor Diana Durand with exceeding the maximum allowable contribution to the Republican’s campaign by asking her friends to donate $10,000. 

Grimm, 47, has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.

The New York Times reported that the politician has faced an investigation into allegations that he or his campaign illegally asked for contributions from foreign donors.  

This is not the Congressman's first threat of violence, as The New Yorker reported in 2011 that he got into a fight with a man at a Queens nightclub more than a decade earlier. 

He allegedly said the man 'don’t know who he’s f***ing with...I’ll f***in’ make him disappear where nobody will find him'.

The confrontation continued into the club's garage, where a NYPD officer who was working at the club confronted then-FBI agent Grimm after Grimm was holding his gun and threatening the man. 

'I’m gonna f***in' kill him...I’m a f****** F.B.I. agent, ain’t nobody gonna threaten me,’ Grimm reportedly said. 

Grimm later denied saying those statements: 'I don’t need to speak that way. A guy with a gun who knows how to use it doesn’t need to say anything.'

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Comment by Ignar on January 31, 2014 at 10:38pm

Should not charges be brought against this person for terrorism or something. Attempted bodily harm or menacing or something?

Comment by Anthony on January 31, 2014 at 3:58am
Wow! Where are the thug tweets for this A.Hole! Sherman gets labeled a thug for being passionate after an NFL game, but this threatens to kill someone and no tweets of Thug Life? Ohhhh my bad, he is white and priviliged, so in this case we will call it: asserting himself :-)
Comment by GospelPan on January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm

not surprised.

Comment by Cee Gee on January 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

And they call black people THUGS....that's funny!  It kills me that they apologize when there is evidence against them.  If he wasn't recorded, he would have probably said that he didn't say it.

Comment by Elliana Reed on January 30, 2014 at 1:57pm

Scotto, please watch your back and take everything that THUG, Grimm, said to  you very seriously.  If you ever go missing or seriously injured we know  who did it!!

Grimm; shame, shame, shame on you!!!! Please keep your gestapo thug tactics  in your part of the neigborhood.

 

Comment by rashid rourk on January 30, 2014 at 12:49pm

He only apologized because he was recorded, he has a history of "overreacting" . He meant every word he said.

Comment by AfricanGoddess on January 30, 2014 at 12:41pm

Thugs!

Comment by mr1stroke on January 30, 2014 at 9:53am

yup that state of the union was a time bomb they never saw my president coming he never slacked that night, he took a bite out of every issues like a dog taking a bite out of crime, yup they are pissed, they have not seen the last of him yet, just you wait, many republican will be throwing them selves off a balcony in 2016 for the next Democrat, may be it will be Hilary, ok ok since the republican officially have no one worth running we will just pick Al Sharpton to run even the worse can run against a republican in 2016

Comment by Sammie Blackburn on January 30, 2014 at 8:22am
That's gangsta talk
Comment by Ivan Butcher II on January 30, 2014 at 7:49am

I just love it when They reveal Themselves!

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