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Rescue victims plead for privacy

Rescue victims plead for privacy

(Cleveland) – A crisis communication firm has been hired to represent Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry.

Attorney Jim Wooley, of Hennes Paynter Communications held a brief news conference out the Justice Center Sunday morning.

Wooley reported that all three women are "extremely grateful" for the support they have received from the community.

In a prepared statement Amanda Berry said "Thank you so much for everything you’re doing and continue to do, I’m so happy to be home with my family."

Gina DeJesus said, "I'm so happy to be home. I thank everybody for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family”.

From Michelle Knight, "Thank you to everyone for your support and good wishes. I’m healthy, happy and safe and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time".


(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM 1100

Wooley explained that the three victims will certainly not grant any media interviews until the criminal case is completed. In addition, they need time to heal and bond with their families.

Wooley said, "Respect this most basic request: give them time, space and privacy so they can get stronger. There may be a time at some point they will want to tell their stories, but that will not be until they tell us they’re ready and criminal proceedings are over”.

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