Jesse Helt, the young homeless man, who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday is reportedly a wanted man in Oregon.
The 22-year-old was charged with criminal trespass and burglary in 2010, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. But in 2011, an arrest warrant was issued when Helt violated his probation terms.
E!News, citing court documents, noted that Helt violated his probation terms on a number of occasions, which include failing to take a drug test, failing to report to his probation officer, breaching his curfew and not finishing his community service hours.
Helt grabbed the attention of the media on Sunday, when he accepted an award on behalf of Cyrus. "My name is Jesse, and I'm accepting this award on behalf of 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth who are starving lost and scared right now," he told the crowd.
"I know this because I am one of these people. I have survived in shelters all over this city…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."
Helt's mother, Linda, told the media that her son left home because he wanted to make it on his own, and that he met Cyrus when she visited My Friend's Place, the Los Angeles centre for homeless youth.
"[Jesse] wanted to be in Los Angeles and he had opportunities and he took them, but you know, he's had his ups and downs like anybody else. It was his choice, he was always welcome, he could always come back any time. If he needed help, I'd help him, we help one another," Linda told the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Cyrus too is unhappy that the media is focusing more on her date's troubled past than the issue she was trying to highlight. Here is what she has to say regarding the situation.
The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2014