MSNBC host Chris Matthews once joked about giving Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE a "Bill Cosby pill" before a 2016 interview, according to newly released video. The footage kicks off with Matthews asking: "Can I have some of the queen's waters? Precious waters?" Matthews was seemingly referring to Clinton.
While a staffer is pouring some bottled water into a glass, Matthews asks "Where's my Bill Cosby pill?" before cracking up at his reference to a comedian accused of drugging and sexually assaulting over 50 women. He holds a smile and laughs while those around him react uncomfortably.
In a video recorded January 5, 2016, and first obtained by the Cut, Matthews is seen preparing for the interview Clinton. "I realize that's no excuse".
Cosby has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault - often with the use of date-rape pills. "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry", he said.
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A spokesperson for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but aides to the former Democratic presidential candidate expressed revulsion and bewilderment over the footage. He once pinched her cheek after an interview, and, in 2008 said, "the reason she's a US senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around".
In May 2016, Matthews was caught on a live microphone making comments about Melania Trump during then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's primary victory speech in Indiana.
A spokesperson for the network said that Matthews was formally reprimanded at the time.