Grimm Issues Statement To Apologize To Reporter For Threats

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for physically threatening a reporter who asked about ongoing investigations into his campaign finances after the State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

Grimm said the reporter, NY1’s Michael Scotto, accepted his apology and an offer to eat lunch together.

“I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool. I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon,” Grimm said. “In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be working hard for my constituents on issues like flood insurance that is so desperately needed in my district post Sandy.”

Grimm initially refused to apologize for the threats against Scotto. In a statement issued shortly after the incident, Grimm said he was “extremely annoyed” by Scotto’s lack of “professionalism and respect.”

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