Property tycoon Donald Trump and comedienne ROSIE O'DONNELL have rushed to
the defence of their pal Martha Stewart, after she was sentenced to five months
in jail on Friday (16JUL04).
The American lifestyle guru received the jail term and a further five
months of home confinement after being found guilty of lying to government
investigators about a 2001 stock sale.
The 62-year-old TV star was also placed on probation and fined $30,000
And her friends have rallied around her, including Trump, who says, "She's
a very strong, very brilliant woman and this has just been a terrible tragedy
for her. But she will be back."
O'Donnell adds, "Martha Stewart's conviction was wholly unjust and if
there was a women's movement we would all be marching on Washington."
A defiant Stewart says of her sentencing, "I'm not afraid - I'm not afraid
whatsoever. I'm just very, very sorry it has come to this."