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Reporter says Grimm has apologized for threat

Wednesday - 1/29/2014, 2:04pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- A TV reporter says U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has apologized for physically threatening him at the end of an interview following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

During the confrontation Tuesday in the Capitol, the New York Republican told NY1 reporter Michael Scotto that he would break him in half and him throw him off a balcony for asking about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

NY1 posted video of the threat.

Scotto said on the air Wednesday that Grimm had called him to apologize.

The reporter said he thought the apology sounded sincere, and that he had accepted it and would "move on."

Grimm's earlier statement on the encounter had been defiant, saying he felt Scotto's question had been disrespectful.

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202-a-09-(Congressman Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., with reporters)-"and she's right"-Congressman Michael Grimm says there's no excuse for his behavior last night, when he threatened a reporter at the Capitol following the president's State of the Union address. (29 Jan 2014)

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201-a-09-(Congressman Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., with reporters)-"he accepted it"-Congressman Michael Grimm says his temper got the better of him during an encounter with a TV reporter at the Capitol following the president's State of the Union address last night. (29 Jan 2014)

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200-a-09-(Congressman Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., with reporters)-"all behind us"-Congressman Michael Grimm says he's sorry for physically threatening a reporter at the Capitol after the president's State of the Union address last night. (29 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO DCEV101: NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto takes a phone call from Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, a day after Scotto was threatened by Grimm after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The confrontation began when Scotto asked Grimm about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances. After cutting the interview short, Grimm told Scotto, "You ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this (expletive) balcony." He also threatened to "break (Scotto) in half." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (29 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO NY109: FILE- This May 9, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Grimm is defending his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. After cutting the interview short, Grimm told New York cable news station NY1's Michael Scotto, "You ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this (expletive) balcony." He also threatened to "break (Scotto) in half." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (9 May 2012)

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