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Joan Rivers Refuses to Apologize For Cleveland Kidnapping Jokes

| by Emily Smith

Despite getting heat for making jokes about two women held in a Cleveland home, Joan Rivers says she won’t apologize for the cracks she made about their captivity.

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” Rivers quipped.

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The jokes first started when Rivers and her daughter were discussing living arrangements in her daughter’s house, arguing that the Cleveland women had more room in the basement than she and her daughter had.

Attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus called Rivers’ statements “hurtful” and “shocking”, demanding that she apologize.

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“I know what those girls went through,” Rivers wrote in response to criticism. “I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down.”

Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro last year after being held captive and abused for a decade.

Sources: Fox News, CleveScene