Television reporter Michael Scotto, who works for cable channel NY1, was threatened by New York Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican, after the State of the Union address Tuesday, reports TheWrap.com.
“The congressman accosted Scott after their brief interview on Grimm’s reaction to the president’s speech. Scotto had attempted to ask Grimm about alleged campaign corruption, when the congressman refused to speak off topic and abruptly walked off camera,” the story reports.
“But the camera kept rolling after Scotto tossed back to the anchors, when Grimm returned and verbally accosted the reporter,” allegedly threatening to throw him from a balcony on Capitol Hill and reportedly adding, “I will break you in half,” the story says.
Grimm released a statement later that night, saying he was “extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests.” He added, “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Here’s a clip of the incident: