Republican threatens to throw reporter 'off balcony' - video
US congressman Michael Grimm offers to break journalist 'in half' after question about fund-raising probe
US CONGRESSMAN Michael Grimm lived up to his name last night when he threatened to "break" a reporter in half and throw him off a balcony.
Grimm, the Republican representative for Staten Island, was cornered by Michael Scotto, a reporter for the cable channel NY1, after President Obama's State of the Union address in Washington. Scotto asked a question about the address then pressed the congressman about a federal investigation into his fund-raising, the New York Daily News reports.
Grimm refuses to answer Scotto's question and walked away. Seconds later he walks back into frame and confronts the reporter.
"Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f****** balcony," Grimm said, according to a transcript provided by the cable news channel. When Scotto protests that his question was perfectly valid, Grimm shoots back: "No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."
In a statement issued by NY1, the channel's political director Bob Hardt said: "It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters – let alone a US Congressman. The NY1 family is certainly alarmed and disappointed by the behaviour of Representative Grimm and demands a full apology from him. This behavior is unacceptable."
Grimm has refused to apologise and says he was the victim of a "cheap shot".