A New York congressman violently threatened a NY1 reporter on camera, in a shocking video taken after President Obama’s Jan. 28 State of the Union address.
New York Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, is in serious hot water after he violently threatened NY1 reporter Michael Scotto on camera. Grimm literally threatens to “break” Grimm and throw him off a balcony, so it’s pretty safe to say that he was unaware of the fact that the camera was rolling. Check out the severely disturbing footage below the jump!
Congressman Michael Grimm Violently Threatens Reporter — Watch
Republican Congressman Michael Grimm has been in the news for a while now, due to a federal investigation into his campaign fundraising. You’d think he’d fully expect to field questions about that at this point in his career, but apparently Grimm was caught off guard when NY1’s Michael Scotto tried to ask him a question about the ongoing case. He said no, and that’s when things got absolutely ridiculous.
“Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances … as you saw he refused to talk about that,” Scotto said as Grimm began to walk away. Grimm heard this comment, then walked back and started violently threatening Scotto. On camera!
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—ing balcony,” Grimm said.
“Why, why, I just wanted to ask you?” the clearly startled Scotto responded.
“No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy,” Grimm continued.
Insane. Perhaps the most shocking part about the whole thing is that Grimm is refusing to apologize for his actions — in a statement released on Jan. 29, he fully put the blame on Scotto.
“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests,” he said in the statement. “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.”
Someone call Olivia Pope!
What do you think of the video, HollywoodLifers? Should Rep. Grimm resign from Congress?
— Shaunna Murphy