Miley Cyrus’ VMAs date is wanted by police in Oregon. Just days after Jesse Helt appeared on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on behalf of the “Wrecking Ball” singer to spread awareness about homeless youth, the performer’s mystery date’s criminal record has been uncovered.
Helt, a 22-year-old Salem, Oregon, native, is wanted for a probation violation on a 2010 attempted break-in in Salem, an Oregon court official told “Inside Edition" Thursday. Helt was convicted of criminal trespass and criminal mischief, Billboard confirmed. Authorities revoked his probation after the homeless youth admitted to drug use in a March 2011 statement and failed to contact his probation officer.
VMA viewers were introduced to Helt when he accepted Cyrus’ award for "Video of the Year" at the televised MTV event in Inglewood, California, Sunday night. “I’m accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth who are starving and scared right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” Helt said as a tearful Cyrus looked on. “Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”
Following his speech, Cyrus, 21, encouraged fans to donate to My Friend’s Place, a homeless shelter for youths in Hollywood. “Right here in LA actually just a few miles from where I live, there are young people just like you and me with huge dreams,” Cyrus said in a Facebook video Monday. “That's why I’m launching this campaign, not only to bring awareness but to build up funds so we can stop youth homelessness. … This is just the beginning for me.”
“He needs to be blessed,” the Portland Oregonian quoted Helt’s mother as saying of her son, an aspiring model, whom she says does not want her financial help in his quest for fame. Linda Helt said of her son’s meeting with Cyrus: “He was at the right place at the right time.”