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January 12, 2018

Before interviewing Hillary Clinton in January 2016, MSNBC's Chris Matthews joked about slipping the then-Democratic presidential candidate a date rape drug, The Cut reported Friday.

The Cut obtained background footage of Matthews preparing to interview Clinton on Jan. 5, 2016, inside a fire station in Iowa. The former secretary of state was appearing for a segment on his show, Hardball with Chris Matthews. In the clip, as a staffer pours him water, Matthews asks, "Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?"

The host then breaks into a satisfied smile as the man sitting across from him shakes his head and laughs. To the far-right of the frame, you can see a female staffer walk away, mouth agape after Matthews' remark.

In response to the story, Matthews told The Cut: "This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines. I realize that's no excuse. I deeply regret it and I'm sorry." In December 2015, disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault after being accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women and using drugs to render his victims unconscious.

Shortly after The Cut's story was published, The Daily Caller's Amber Athey said on Twitter that she'd talked to "six former employees and guests" at the network who said that "these types of comments were par for the course for Matthews." The Cut notes that the Matthews' distasteful joke is part of "a long history of [him] talking disparagingly about Hillary Clinton." Kelly O'Meara Morales

December 29, 2017
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An NBA player has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and then paying off the alleged victim, TMZ Sports reported Friday.

Avery Bradley, now a guard for the Detroit Pistons, allegedly assaulted a woman in Cleveland earlier this year while playing for the Boston Celtics. On May 23, Bradley's Celtics were in Ohio for a playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after the game Bradley allegedly assaulted an unnamed woman, whom TMZ Sports described as a "reality star." The alleged victim claims she was too inebriated to consent.

TMZ Sports reported that Bradley and the alleged victim negotiated a civil settlement. Exactly how much Bradley paid the woman is not known, but TMZ Sports claimed that a settlement of as much as $400,000 was at least briefly considered. The settlement included a confidentiality agreement "to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family," Bradley's lawyer, Brian Wolf, told ESPN.

Wolf additionally emphasized to TMZ Sports that his client is innocent. "Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever. The confidentiality agreement specifically refutes and denies the validity of all allegations of any wrongful conduct by Mr. Bradley," Wolf said.

The Boston Globe reported that the Celtics were unaware of any accusations against Bradley until TMZ Sports released its report early Friday. The Celtics traded Bradley to the Pistons in July; neither the Pistons nor the NBA have released any public statement on the allegations, ESPN reported. Kelly O'Meara Morales

December 28, 2017
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Several guests of the Dr. Phil show claim that as they struggled with severe substance addictions, the show helped them find drugs and alcohol, Stat and The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

In 2013, former Survivor winner Todd Herzog appeared on the Dr. Phil show and was so intoxicated that he was struggling to stand. During the interview, host Phillip McGraw — better known as Dr. Phil — said that he'd "never talked to a guest who was closer to death." But Herzog insisted to Stat that he was actually sober when he arrived to the Los Angeles set. Instead, he said, a bottle of vodka was waiting for him in his dressing room; battling alcoholism at the time, Herzog said he emptied its contents. Then, he told Stat, he was given a dose of anti-anxiety medication by an employee who said it would "calm his nerves."

Two other former guests claim that Dr. Phil staffers helped them procure drugs before the show. Marianne Smith, who accompanied her heroin-addicted niece to the show's set, told Stat that a show's producer suggested they acquire the drug in Los Angeles' Skid Row neighborhood after she raised concerns that her niece was experiencing withdrawal. In another instance, a show staffer reportedly accompanied and filmed a pregnant woman in withdrawal buying heroin after she could not receive detox treatment at a hospital; the footage was aired on Dr. Phil. A spokesman for the show told Stat that the staffer "simply documented the natural behavior she observed, which would have occurred whether she was there or not."

The spokesman, Martin Greenberg, initially told Stat that the show medically supervises all of its guests, but he backtracked that claim a week later. "We mean 100 percent of guests agreeing to treatment. It does not mean that a guest is being monitored 100 percent of the time," he said. "We cannot control what we cannot control."

Read the entire report at STAT. Kelly O'Meara Morales

December 20, 2017
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Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit in a California court Wednesday claiming that USA Gymnastics forced her into signing a nondisclosure agreement last year, NBC News reports. The NDA — which Maroney's lawyer called "hypocritical, immoral, and in this case illegal" — was reportedly part of a financial settlement over alleged sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

The money Maroney received in the settlement was disbursed so she could receive psychological care after the abuse. The lawsuit claims Maroney is "gripped by depression and anxiety" as a result of the alleged mistreatment by Nassar, NBC News writes. Maroney's lawsuit also alleges that her NDA was part of a greater plan by USA Gymnastics to silence Nassar's victims and let him "quietly leave" the organization without public scrutiny.

In the state of California, NBC News notes, "victims of child sexual abuse cannot be forced to sign an NDA as a condition of a settlement."

Nassar — who has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and sexual assault charges — left USA Gymnastics in 2015, claiming he'd "retired" so he could run for a local school board position. Last September, The Indianapolis Star broke the story about allegations against Nassar, and The Washington Post reported earlier this year that USA Gymnastics contacted the FBI in July 2015 about Nassar's alleged sexual abuse.

In October, Maroney broke her silence, detailing abuse that occurred when she was as young as 13. Maroney announced that she was done competing in gymnastics in 2016, and her lawsuit claims that Nassar's abuse played a role in her departure. She is suing for millions of dollars in damages from Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and Michigan State University, who continued to employ Nassar after several investigations into his alleged sexual misconduct.

Neither USA Gymnastics or Nassar's legal team spoke to NBC News for comment. Read the full story at NBC News. Kelly O'Meara Morales

September 17, 2017
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Four American tourists were victims of an acid attack on Sunday that took place at a train station in the French city of Marseille. The 41-year-old woman who allegedly threw the acid has been arrested, The Associated Press reports. The victims were all women in their 20s, and have been hospitalized, some with face and eye injuries.

A spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor's office said the attacker did not make any extremist declarations, and it wasn't immediately clear if the attack was terror-related. Jessica Hullinger

August 13, 2017
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India's Baba Raghav Das hospital, a public facility in the state of Uttar Pradesh, has come under scrutiny after some 60 children died in its care over the course of just five days.

The hospital chief has been suspended amid allegations that many of the deaths stem from a shortage of oxygen supplies due to mismanagement and unpaid bills. Hospital staff and patients' families frantically attempted to provide manual oxygen support, but in many cases they were unsuccessful.

"We will know — whether it was because of an oxygen shortage or due to a lack of proper treatment," promised top local official Yogi Adityanath. "Those found guilty will not be spared." Bonnie Kristian

November 19, 2016

A playground memorializing Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch, who was Jewish, was defaced Friday with spray-painted swastikas and the phrase "Go Trump!"

The vandalism in Brooklyn Heights, New York, was swiftly repainted Saturday morning, with locals adding hearts and flowers where the swastikas had been.

Back off our park haters #adamyauchpark

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New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron invited President-elect Donald Trump to join a community event at the park on Sunday that will condemn the vandal's anti-semitic message. This incident resembles a number of similar reports from around the country since Trump's victory.

Yauch, known to most by his stage name, MCA, died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 47. Bonnie Kristian

August 6, 2016
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At least 13 people were killed and six more injured in a fire at a basement bar in Rouen, France, Friday night. Eyewitness accounts say the blaze at Cuba Libre bar began accidentally, reported Laurent Labadie of the local prosecutor's office. "There was no explosion," Labadie said. "Candles on a birthday cake started the fire after the person who carried it tripped on the stairs leading to the basement."

Sound insulation materials on the basement walls burned very rapidly, leaving party-goers little time to escape. "It happened in three seconds," the bar's owner recalled. "Some customers exited on their hands and knees. Some of them tried to use a fire extinguisher, but it was too late."

The identities and ages of the victims are currently unknown. More than 50 firefighters worked to put out the flames. Bonnie Kristian

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