Amanda Berry, one of the three Cleveland women found held captive in an area home for 10 years, made her first public appearance this weekend, showing up on stage at the RoverFest concert Saturday (July 27).
Berry and some family members joined Nelly on stage before and after his set, though she did not address the crowd. But the crowd’s cheers for her were loud and long. The above photo was provided by a concert-goer named Brian Harrell, a University of Akron professor who tweeted it along with the caption: “Roverfest was awesome. Best part of the show was Nelly and Amanda Berry.”
Shane French, who hosts Rover’s Morning Glory radio show, tells the AP that he issued an invitation to Berry on his show a few weeks ago, but had no idea she heard it.
“I just said she had 10 years of partying to make up for and she should come,” says French, adding that she at first refused to come on stage, but then agreed and asked French to accompany her. He said a couple of her family members were overcome by the crowd cheering for Berry and cried a little.
French adds on Twitter, “I got chills when I brought Amanda Berry out on stage. Hope she had a great night!”
He says he has not invited her onto his radio show — “I figured that when she wants to tell her story, she’ll make the arrangements.”
Ariel Castro, the man who held the women captive, just recently pleaded guilty to 937 counts of rape and kidnapping charges that earned him life in prison plus 1000 years.