Miley sure knows how to pick ‘em! Just two days after the pop star sent a formerly homeless man on stage to accept her Video of the Year trophy at MTV’s Video Music Awards, word comes that the man has a bit of a criminal record and is wanted by the police in his home state.
On Tuesday, Billboard reported that Jesse Helt currently has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. The 22-year-old man, who touched VMA viewers’ hearts with his impassioned speech about homelessness in Los Angeles, reportedly has a rap sheet that includes breaking and entering, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief. He also violated probation and signed a document promising to stop smoking marijuana. Helt is currently attempting a modeling career, according to Spin.
When Cyrus sent the formerly homeless man on stage to accept her award for her in a bid to raise awareness for youth homelessness, many fans marveled how far she had come since last year’s twerk-filled VMA spectacle. She remained silent when her song, “Wrecking Ball,” was announced as Video of the Year, and instead sent Helt up to the stage on her behalf.
Helt told the crowd, “My name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people. I've survived in shelters all over the city. I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life …Outside these doors are 54,000 human beings that have no place to call home."
Helt then directed fans to Cyrus’s Facebook page to make donations to the Hollywood homeless shelter My Friend’s Place, and later that night Us Weekly posted Instagram pics of Cyrus and her homeless date dining at In-N- Out Burger. Cyrus called her new friend her “hero” in one of the captions.
On Monday, Helt’s mother told reporters Monday that Cyrus had given her son some money and he was planning to fly home for a visit. Unfortunately, the police may be there to greet him.