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CLEVELAND – Two women who were held captive in a Cleveland home for more than a decade have responded to Joan Rivers’ joke about their plight.

Rivers compared living in her daughter’s guest room to being trapped in Ariel Castro’s home.

“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” she said on the TODAY show.

The attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus sent the following statement to NewsChannel5.

“Our clients have become aware of Joan Rivers’ unfortunate comparison of living in her daughter’s guest room to their captivity.  We understand that Ms. Rivers is a comedienne; however, the idea that a celebrity would say something this hurtful, on national television no less, is beyond shocking and disappointing.  Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time.  They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted.”

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