*Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and sexually abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for jokes she made about their captivity, but the comedienne tells TMZ she has no plans to says she is sorry.
“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” Rivers told the gossip site.
Rivers first mentioned the victims when she and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show. During the appearance, she complained about her living arrangements in her daughter’s guest bedroom, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”
A Wednesday statement from attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus calls Rivers’ remark hurtful and shocking. The attorneys say the women have endured painful media attention and the comment is “a new low” that warrants an apology.
Berry, DeJesus and a third woman, Michelle Knight, escaped last year. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison.
Rivers also stood by her joke when reached by The Plain Dealer for comment on Wednesday, telling the Cleveland newspaper, “I know what those girls went through. It was a little, stupid joke. There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down. “