Amanda Berry's First Public Appearance Since Her Rescue Comes as a Shock (VIDEO)

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Fans attending the RoverFest concert in Cleveland yesterday got a huge surprise when kidnap victim Amanda Berry showed up on stage, making her first public appearance since being rescued from captivity.

As you will see in this video from the show, Amanda walked on stage with her family as the stunned crowd cheered -- and they really went wild after her name was announced and everyone realized who, exactly, the show's guest of honor was.

It must have felt amazing for Amanda to stand up on that stage while rapper Nelly sang to her, all while knowing that her captor, Ariel Castro, accepted a plea deal that will keep him in jail for the next 1000 years (which still isn't quite long enough if you ask me.)

Amanda has obviously come such a long way, and it's so wonderful to see her smiling, dancing, and having fun at a concert like a normal 27-year-old. Hopefully this is only the beginning of many more good times to come for her!

Are you surprised that Amanda chose a concert for her first public appearance?

 

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Elaine Cox

nothing shocks me anymore..but she has earned the right to all the fun she can have..enjoy herself

bills... billsfan1104

I hope she had at least one night where she could enjoy herself and not think about what happened to her, at least for a couple of hours.

sassy... sassykat122

It is her healing process and however she goes about it is up to her. It is great to see her enjoying her freedom

danit... danithegreat

Good for her she deserves all the fun she can get :) 

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Anyone else see that guy um.. Feeling her up at the end of the video?! I pray that she really is recovering amazingly, but fear they haven't even had time to scratch the surface. Amazing women nonetheless.

Graca... Gracalynsmom

 farmer's wife, I kept thinking damn he is all over her boob's and kept grabbing her during in a possessive manner when she waved. :( Other than that,  I'm glad she is getting her life back.

Baile... Bailey8307

I'm not sure but the guy in the video does look like her boyfriend from before she went missing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUiAhx5KiNA
Anyway it's great to see her smile and have fun! The man's arm around her doesn't look unwanted but I agree it was a little odd.

nonmember avatar Henri

This made my day to see this yesterday. The guy did kind of creep me out though. Like does he have to have his hands all over her on the dang stage? So happy for her though. I wish all the happiness in the world for those girls.

tonad... tonadotess

Get ya some fun mama!!!

Rachel Dixon-Makrucki

I didn't watch the video, I have a small one in the room and it's Nelly, but I think that its good that she's got to have some fun. What is more so is that Nelly was such a popular artist when she went missing in the Cleveland Area. I wish her the best of luck and have been pray for those girls. 

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