Rep. Grimm Threatens to Throw NYC TV Reporter Over Balcony
New York Congressman Michael Grimm threatened a NY1 political reporter after the reporter brought up what turned out to be a touchy subject with the politician.
Reporter Michael Scotto was talking to Rep. Grimm in Washington about his reaction President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last night. Towards the end of the interview, the reporter wanted to ask the Staten Island Republican an off-topic question, to which the politician then cutoff the reporter and said he would only speak about the president.
After Grimm walked out of the interview, Scotto turned back to the camera to tell the audience and the NY1 studio hosts that he wanted to ask about an ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising.
Immediately after Scotto threw back to the station, but with NY1 cameras still rolling, Grimm comes back into the frame to threaten the political reporter.
Here’s what happened according to NY1:
“What?” Scotto responded. “I just wanted to ask you…”
Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”
Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”
Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”
Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.”
Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
After the incident, Grimm released the following statement:
I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. 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. 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.
And then a statement from NY1′s Political Director Bob Hardt:
It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters – let alone a U.S. Congressman. The NY1 family is certainly alarmed and disappointed by the behavior of Representative Grimm and demands a full apology from him. This behavior is unacceptable.
The full video of what happened can be seen on NY1′s website. NY1 is a New York City-centric cable news channel owned and operated by Time Warner Cable.