(CLEVELAND) — Just one day after Amanda Berry’s kidnapper pleaded guilty to holding her and two other women captive in his home for over a decade, Berry made her first public appearance at a Nelly concert.
The rapper was performing Cleveland’s Roverfest music festival Saturday night. Berry and her family were introduced as special guest on the state by a WMMS radio host, who goes by the name Rover.
“I want you to give this person a bigger round of applause and cheer than me, anyone on the show, any of the acts that are here,” Rover said to the crowd, who had no idea Berry was in attendance. “Give it up for Amanda Berry!”
He said that Berry had “a little bit of time to make up on the partying,” and hoped that the concert would help.
Nelly called Berry on stage with him later in the night and dedicated a song to her.
This is the first appearance Berry has made at a public event since her escape in May.
Castro was pleaded guilty to 937 charges Friday, and accepted a plea deal for life in prison without parole plus an additional 1,000 years to avoid facing the death penalty.
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