WASHINGTON 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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