Miley Cyrus’ Homeless VMAs Date Jesse Helt Has Warrant Out For His Arrest
Jesse Helt, the homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV Video Music Awards honor on Sunday, has a warrant out for his arrest.
More information has emerged about Helt in the days since Cyrus brought him to the VMAs as her date, celebrated her victory with him at In-N-Out burger, and opened up about her charity efforts involving homelessness.
According to law enforcement officials, Helt was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief for a 2010 incident when he attempted to break into a residence in Oregon.
He subsequently — and repeatedly — violated his probation, failing to take a drug test or report to his probation officer, among other offences. There is currently a warrant out of this arrest.
Helt’s time in shelters across Los Angeles helped inspire Cyrus’ support of My Friend’s Place, a center for homeless youths.
Hours after Helt’s legal troubles went public, Cyrus tweeted, “People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included. I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it.”
“Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction?” asked the star. Cyrus added later, “The media never fails to disappoint. You’ve chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(.” “While they obsesses [sic] over one homeless mans legal issue lets help the other 1.6 million homeless youth,” she went on, linking to her charity contest.