Cleveland Kidnapping Victim Makes First Public Appearance At Nelly Show

Nick Giannettino

by Nick Giannettino

Published July 29, 2013


Amanda Berry - one of the Cleveland kidnapping victims rescued from 10 years of captivity earlier this year - shocked the audience when she made a surprise visit at the city's RoverFest this Saturday. This would be her first public appearance since her release, and occurred just a day after the abductor, Ariel Castro, pled guilty to rape and kidnapping charges.

Shane "Rover" French, the host of RoverFest and Rover's Morning Glory on WMMS, had indirectly invited Amanda to his show on the air. Rover said "she had 10 years of partying to make up for and she should come." He told the Associated Press that he was surprised when the festival's security told him that she had actually shown up.

At first declining to go on stage, Berry and her family agreed and were brought out by French, receiving multiple rounds of applause from the festival's attendants. And if that wasn't already enough of a triumphant moment for the Berry's, rapper Nelly later brought Amanda onto the stage to dedicate a song to her, as well as a dance.

Check out her first public appearance ever post-rescue, as well as her time with Nelly, above!

Via The Associated Press.

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