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Montel Williams Threatens Reporters, Apologizes

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Montel Williams Threatens Reporters, Apologizes

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Talk show host Montel Williams has apologized for an angry confrontation with reporters who said he threatened them.

Williams -- in Savannah to promote a program giving free prescriptions to low-income people -- became upset with a reporter's question Friday and terminated an interview.

When the Savannah Morning-News reporters later returned to the hotel for an unrelated assignment, he approached one of them -- high school student Courtney Scott, an intern at the newspaper.

"As we were preparing to film, Montel walked up with his bodyguard and got in Courtney Scott's face pointing his finger telling her 'Don't look at me like that. Do you know who I am? I'm a big star, and I can look you up, find where you live and blow you up,'" said Joseph Cosey, a web content producer for the newspaper. "At this time he was randomly pointing at all of us."

Scott said she wasn't sure how to interpret Williams' comment.

"I'm not sure if he meant 'blow me up' and ruin my career or really blow us up, but it was threatening," Scott said. …

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