Joan Rivers Refuses To Apologize To Ariel Castro Victims Over Captivity Joke

Joan Rivers attends Global Green USA's 11th Pre-Oscar party on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Joan Rivers attends Global Green USA's 11th Pre-Oscar party on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (2014 Getty Images)

A defiant Joan Rivers is back in hot water.

The “Fashion Police” host recently compared living in her daughter’s guest room with the ordeal the women kidnapped by Ariel Castro went through, and now two of them want an apology.

Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

A statement issued on Wednesday by attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus called Rivers' remark hurtful and shocking. 

Berry, DeJesus and a third woman, Michelle Knight, were held in Castro's home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland for varying amounts of time, but none of them less than a decade. They were repeatedly abused until their escape last year. 

After the women escaped and he had been caught, Castro hanged himself in prison.

The attorneys for Berry and DeJesus said the women have endured painful media attention and that Rivers' comment is a "new low" that warrants an apology.

Rivers' publicist hasn't responded to messages seeking comment, but the TV host told TMZ that the three women shouldn’t complain.

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” said the 80-year-old comedienne, adding that she made a joke and that the women should lighten up. “One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re okay. I bet you within three years one of them will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

Rivers said she would not be apologizing, and that plenty of comedians have used tragic events like Hitler’s terror and the sinking of the Titanic.

She also told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “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. Calm f------ down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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