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Tuesday 22 July 2014

'They got to live rent free for a decade' - Joan Rivers slammed over Cleveland 'House of Horrors' comment

Brian O'Reilly

Published 24/04/2014|15:13

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The hosts were visibly shocked when Rivers made the comments

SHE'S been courting controversy for her entire career - and comedienne Joan Rivers shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

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The 80-year-old told the 'Today' show on Tuesday that "those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space", when talking about her daughter's guest room.

Between 2002 and 2004, Ariel Castro kidnapped three women and held them prisoner at his house in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

The hosts of 'Today' grimaced after she made the comment, to which she responded: "Too soon?"

Yesterday she continued to defend her comments, telling showbiz website TMZ: “They got to live rent free for more than a decade".

She also refused to apologise to a local newspaper.

“There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down. Calm the f**k down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on,” she said.

Lawyers for two of the victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, called her comments 'shocking and disappointing'.

They also called for Rivers to make a full apology.

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When asked by TMZ whether she would give them an apology, Rivers refused, claiming the pair were practically celebrities.

"One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re OK.

"I bet you within 3 years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."

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