Amanda Berry Joins Nelly On Stage For First Public Appearance Since Shocking Rescue

July 29, 2013  |  

It’s amazing to see that Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry is getting out, having fun and readjusting to life following her traumatic experience. According to, this past weekend, the day after her kidnapper was sentenced to life and 1,000 years in prison, Berry made her first appearance at a public event since her rescue.

The day-long Cleveland, Ohio event known as RoverFest took place at Voinovich Park and featured a performance by St. Louis rapper, Nelly, who also had the privilege of brining Amanda out on stage and introducing her to the audience.

“He said, ‘Everyone, here’s Amanda Berry,’ and she came out with a friend, another young woman,” one concert attendee told

“She didn’t say anything, but she was smiling and happy,” she continued.

In footage acquired from the event, Nelly can be seen praising Berry for her strength and courage.

“That’s how you tell the pulse of a city by the people that live there. Since they up here right now, I want to make sure that we get a chance to thank you because I know it’s a long time and I can’t even imagine the type of strength and the type of courage that it took to keep it going. So, for that, again I commend you and I say, thank you,” Nelly expressed.

He also offered Berry a kiss on the forehead and requested that she and her friend remain on stage while he performed his most recent single, “Just  a Dream,” which he dedicated to her.

Kudso to Nelly for such a sweet gesture.

Watch footage of his dedication and performance on page two!

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