Joan Rivers Angers Ohio Women Held Captive
They want apology for joke
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2014 12:53 AM CDT
Amanda Berry is seen in a YouTube video from last summer.   (AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications, File)

(Newser) – The women freed almost a year ago after a decade of captivity in a Cleveland home aren't happy about Joan Rivers joking about their ordeal. Lawyers for two of the women say Rivers should apologize for saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space" when talking about reality show living arrangements on the Today show yesterday, the Plain Dealer reports. The attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus say it is "shocking and disappointing" that Rivers would "say something this hurtful on national television."

"Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time," the lawyers say in a statement. "They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted." A lawyer for the third captive, Michelle Knight, could not be reached, and Rivers' publicist has declined to comment, the AP reports. The women's kidnapper, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison last year just a few weeks into his life-plus-1,000 years sentence.

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Apr 24, 2014 4:52 PM CDT
I don't know too much about the story what the women went thru, but what I do know that 3 women being held captive in a basement by 1 man for a decade tells me most women are weaker than men, with the exception of lesbians and "tomboys". Two of these women are weaker than the average woman 'cause they can't take a joke from a well known comedian and have to be politically correct.
Apr 24, 2014 4:11 PM CDT
I have never cared for her & as for Fashion Police take a look in the mirror Joan or did it crack already?
Apr 24, 2014 3:31 PM CDT
As she gets closer to her prehistoric limit, she just gets nastier and crustier.