Amanda Berry, one of the women held captive for 10 years, got on stage with Nelly in her first public appearance since her dramatic rescue.
During Ohio music festival RoverFest, rapper Nelly halted his performance to welcome Amanda Berry, the woman who was held captive in a house for 10 years, on stage so he could dedicate a song to her, reports The Guardian. Asking for "a bigger round of applause and cheer...than any of the acts that are here," Nelly said to the crowd: "I told her she had a little bit of time to make up on the partying and you guys could help her out tonight."
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Berry waved and smiled from behind purple sunglasses as the crowd gave her their very warmest welcome. Hugging the former abductee, the 38 year-old rapper said "I can't imagine the strength and courage it took to keep it going so for that can I commend you and say thank you," proceeding to dedicate his next song to her.
Watch Footage From Nelly's Song Dedicated To Amanda Berry
27-year-old Berry was one of three women who were abducted by former bus driver Ariel Castro between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped in May when Berry managed to call for help from neighbours through a door she'd kicked through. What followed was a dramatic 911 call that was broadcast around the world: "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now," as well as an emotional rescue.
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Berry's public appearance came just a day after her captor, Castro, pleaded guilty to 937 counts linked to the abductions of the three women, Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were repeatedly raped, beaten and starved at the hands of their 53 year-old captor. As a result, Berry gave birth to a now 6-year-old daughter, four years after she'd accepted a ride home from Castro. He'll now serve life without parole, plus 1,000 years for countless horrific charges that his captives endured for a decade.
Berry, DeJesus and Knight have together thanked the public for their outpouring of emotional and financial support, including installing a $3,000 six-foot privacy fence for DeJesus who isn't ready to face the world yet. Speaking on her behalf, her mother said "I am excited for her [Berry]. I am so proud of her. I'm glad that she's out and about, and this is what these girls need."