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WASHINGTON (AP)- 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.


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