Nelly Dedicates His Performance At RoverFest To Kidnap Victim Amanda Berry

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Nelly, musician and actor famously seen in ‘The Longest Yard,’ performed one of his hits dedicated to Ohio kidnap victim, Amanda Berry, as she made her first appearance at a public event since her rescue. Berry, 27, was kidnapped and tortured for over a decade.

Abducted at 16, now 27, Berry dressed casually and smiled broadly as she acknowledged the thunderous applause of Cleveland’s RoverFest 2013. She began making up for lost time the day after Ariel Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to 937 counts linked to the women’s abductions. He also fathered a six-year-old daughter with Berry. They were discovered in Castro’s home in May after being abducted when they were in their teens or early 20’s and kept as sex slaves.

Since their release, the women have carefully avoided speaking out publicly except to thank the community and to request continuing privacy. The other women and Berry made their first spoken statements through a video released three weeks ago by a crisis-management public relations firm based in Cleveland.

Castro is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday.