News

Miley Cyrus’ VMA date is a wanted man

Miley Cyrus’ VMA date is a wanted man

VMAs: Miley Cyrus hugs her spokesperson Jesse after he accepted the award for video of the year for "Wrecking Ball" on stage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. Photo: Reuters

PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – The young homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV Music Video Award has a warrant for his arrest in Oregon on a probation violation, his probation officer said on Tuesday.

Lee Warren, the Polk County probation officer of 22-year-old Jesse Helt, said local authorities were unsuccessful in finding Helt in Salem, Oregon after his mother told the Oregonian newspaper that Cyrus had given him money to fly home.

Cyrus, 21, opted not to collect the video of the year award on Sunday for her hit “Wrecking Ball” and instead sent Helt in her place as a way to draw awareness to youth homelessness.

“I’ve cleaned your hotels rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life,” Helt said at the VMAs. “Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have many of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”

WATCH: Miley Cyrus’ VMA acceptance speech

Helt has had a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation for criminal trespass since Nov. 2011 after he failed to report and comply with probation supervision, Polk County Director of Community Corrections Martin Silbernagel said.

Helt’s mother, Linda Helt, told the Oregonian that her son had moved to Los Angeles a few years ago and had been homeless at times.

Court records indicate Helt was arrested in 2010 for criminal mischief and criminal trespass, while a burglary charge was dismissed. He was arrested twice in 2011 for probation violations, according to records.

Cyrus defended Helt and accused the media of ignoring the issue of youth homelessness in favor of his legal issues.

“I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter.

“While they (media) obsesses over one homeless mans legal issue lets help the other 1.6 million homeless youth,” she added.

(Reporting by Teresa Carson; Writing by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Diane Craft)

Recent Headlines

in Music

Ludacris, Chrissy Teigen to host Billboard Awards

chrissyteigen

The rapper/actor and the model will host the awards show in May.

in Music

Rolling Stones announce North American stadium tour

rollingstones

The "Zip Code" tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

in Music

Christina Aguilera to hit the stage at ACM Awards

christina

The "Genie in a Bottle" hitmaker will join a surprise artist for "a special duet."

in Music

Mariah Carey working on movie based on her hits

mariah

Filmmaker Brett Ratner denied rumors that he's dating the newly single singer, insisting they're working together on a movie based on one of her hit songs.

in Music

Zayn Malik solo song emerges online

zaynmalik

A song touted as Zayn Malik's first solo since his exit from One Direction has surfaced.