Nelly Brings Out Cleveland Kidnapping Victim During Show

 St. Louis rapper stops to "commend" Amanda Berry.

Posted: 07/29/2013 11:52 AM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Nelly

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This weekend, Amanda Berry, one of three women kidnapped and held for over a decade inside an Ohio home, made her first public appearance since being rescued in May. Her venue of choice: a Nelly concert.

Berry was met with audience cheers Saturday (July 27) when she briefly came on stage for Cleveland's Roverfest, with a lineup that featured the "Get Like Me" rapper.

Nelly introduced Berry then called her back out after his set. "I wanna make sure we get a chance to thank you 'cause I know it's a long time," he said, referencing her ordeal. "I can't even imagine the type of courage and strength it took to keep it going so I commend you and thank you."

Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held at the hands of accused kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro. The women were all snatched at different times over the last several years, and endured physical and sexual abuse from Castro. Berry, 27, bore her captor's child six years ago. He impregnated DeJesus five times and reportedly beat her until she miscarried. The trio broke their silence last month in a taped address, thanking supporters and family members.

Meanwhile, Castro struck a deal to receive life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. He faced over 900 different counts stemming from the crime and was sentenced Friday (July 26) to an additional 1,000 years on top of his lifetime bid.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Courtesy Brian Harrell)


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