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NY congressman apologizes for threatening to throw reporter off balcony

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This May 9, 2012, file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 9:03 a.m.

NEW YORK — 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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