Cyrus' MTV awards date turns himself in on probation violation
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[August 30, 2014]
(Reuters) - A homeless man who was chosen by Miley Cyrus to accept
her MTV Music Video Award on Sunday has turned himself in on a
probation violation and was free after posting bail, authorities in
Oregon said on Friday.
Jesse Helt, 22, made headlines at Sunday's VMAs show when
Cyrus opted not to collect the video of the year award for her
hit "Wrecking Ball," sending Helt in her place as a way to draw
attention to youth homelessness.
Helt had a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation for
criminal trespass since November 2011 after he failed to report
and comply with probation supervision, Polk County Director of
Community Corrections Martin Silbernagel said.
Helt's probation officer said this week that local authorities
had been looking for Helt in Salem, Oregon, after his mother
told the Oregonian newspaper that Cyrus had given Helt money to
Helt turned himself in on Thursday evening and was released
about 90 minutes later after posting the state-required 10
percent of his $25,000 bail, a spokeswoman for the Polk County
Sheriff's Office said.
Helt's VMAs appearance drew widespread coverage when he said:
"I've cleaned your hotels rooms, I've been an extra in your
movies, I've been an extra in your life."
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"Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have many
of the same dreams that brought many of you here."
Helt's mother, Linda Helt, told the Oregonian her son had moved to
Los Angeles a few years ago and had been homeless at times.
Court records show Helt was arrested in 2010 for criminal mischief
and criminal trespass and twice in 2011 for probation violations.
He is slated to appear in court on the probation charges on Sept.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud in New York; Editing by Mary Milliken
and Eric Beech)
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