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Reporter threatened when seeking questions from coal company CEO

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The embattled chief of a coal-producing company warned an ABC News producer that he was “liable to get shot” if…

The embattled chief of a coal-producing company warned an ABC News producer that he was “liable to get shot” if he took video of him.

The incident occurred earlier this week in Kentucky when the producer, Asa Eslocker, was seeking comment from Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship regarding his controversial relationship with the chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In a letter to ABC, Blankenship’s lawyers said Eslocker hadn’t identified himself as a member of the press, but a tape of the incident shows he said he was an ABC reporter twice as he walked toward Blankenship.