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      NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol

      New York Rep. Michael Grimm is defending his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

      The confrontation began Tuesday when Michael Scotto , a reporter for New York cable news station NY1, 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."

      NY1 posted video of the incident on its website.

      Grimm later issued a statement saying he was "extremely annoyed" with Scotto and doubted he was the "first member of Congress to tell off a reporter."

      NY1 political director Bob Hardt demanded a "full apology" from Grimm.