NY1 reporter Mike Scotto had the audacity to refer to New York Rep. Michael Grimm's recent campaign finance issues during an interview tonight, and Grimm was not happy. So not happy that he threatened to throw Scotto over the balcony and told him, "I will break you in half" — all on-camera.
Grimm was giving Scotto a post-State of the Union Address interview when Scotto tried to ask about charges that a close friend of Grimm's had been illegally funneling money into his campaigns (his fundraiser Diana Durand was arrested by FBI agents earlier this month).
"I'm not talking about anything that's off-topic, this is only about the President," Grimm said, before walking off.
Scotto tried to wrap up his standup, concluding that, "Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances, we wanted to get him on camera on that, but he, as you saw, refused to talk about that. Back to you."
That's when Grimm came back, forcing Scotto off to the side of the camera shot. Although the audio is muffled and Grimm's face is hidden, you can hear him conclude, "You're not a man... You're not a man. I will break you in half."
According to NY1's political director, Grimm also threatened to throw Scotto off the balcony.
— David W. Chen (@davidwchen) January 29, 2014
Update: Grimm has released a 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."