Miley Cyrus' Homeless MTV VMAs Date Jesse Helt Turns Himself in to Police, Cyrus Helps Pay for Legal Help

Celebrity News Aug. 29, 2014 AT 4:00AM
Miley Cyrus' homeless pal Jesse Helt has handed himself in to the poli Miley Cyrus' homeless pal Jesse Helt has handed himself in to the police Credit: Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage via Getty

Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date Jesse Helt has turned himself in to the police in Dallas, Oregon and posted $2,500 bail, an official told the AP late on Thursday, Aug. 28.

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Helt, 22, leapt into the headlines on Sunday, Aug. 24, when he accepted Cyrus' MTV moonman for Video of the Year at the VMAs with a moving speech about being homeless in Hollywood.

As news of his fame, and his return home to his mother's house in Polk County, Oregon, spread, it became apparent Helt was a wanted man, with an arrest warrant outstanding on his name since November 2011, for criminal trespass.

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But now, according to Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections, Helt has done the right thing, and after posting bail, is expected to appear before a judge in two weeks time.

Court records show that Helt had previously pleaded guilty to his charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass after breaking into the apartment of a man he believed to be selling bad marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation, which he then violated, leading to his arrest warrant.

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Despite Helt's criminal past, "Wrecking Ball" singer Cyrus is committed to helping her pal, who moved to Hollywood to follow his dreams of becoming a model, and is even helping to fund his legal costs.

Her friend Trevor Neilson (president of G2 Investment Group), who first put the singer in touch with Helt via the homeless youth charity My Friend's Place, said Cyrus remains committed to the cause.

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"Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues," Neilson told the AP via email. "Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year."

Jesse's mother, Linda Helt, confirmed that Cyrus has offered to help pay for her son's legal fees.

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