Grimm’s anger erupted when reporter Michael Scotto asked him about an investigation into his campaign finances.
After cutting the interview short Grimm stated, "Let me be clear. You ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this (expletive) balcony. You're not man enough," he told Scotto. "I'll break you in half like a boy."
After the incident Grimm issued 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."
Today January 29 reporter Michael Scotto tweeted: "@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he "overreacted." I accepted his apology."
Earlier today Grimm released another statement reiterating his apology to Scotto. "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."
An investigation has ensued after Grimm’s former girlfriend was arrested for giving a large sum of money to the Congressman’s campaign. A Federal investigation is ongoing due to allegations of money solicited illegally from foreign donors.
Michael Grimm is a Republican Congressman elected into office in 2010.