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Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

Jesse Helt, 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail, said Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections .

Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Silbernagel said in a telephone interview.

Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago 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. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation.

Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model.

He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.

"I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now," Helt said. "I know this because I am one of these people."

Cyrus selected the charity with help from her friend Trevor Neilson, the president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group.

"Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues," Neilson said in an email late Thursday. "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, said late Thursday that the past four days had been a whirlwind experience, and she confirmed that Cyrus has offered to help pay for her son's legal help.

"God gets the glory and she gets the credit," Helt said.

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lightyrs1 August 29 2014 at 11:22 AM

Homeless Shmomeless!...most of these young wannbes go to Hollywood in hopes of getting recognized. I guess his plan worked.

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dsands2003 August 29 2014 at 12:12 PM

Miley is growing up before our eyes but not the way we hope our teenager has been acting out these days. What's with the tongue sticking out? She's not Mick Jagger.

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MICHAEL August 29 2014 at 12:08 PM

miley, miley, miley....trolling homeless shelters for dates? really? i dont believe for a second she has any "good intentions" in this latest stunt. she's just doing it because her image is TRASHED and now she's trying to shine it up a bit by adopting a "cause". plz, she's so transparant it pathetic

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eaglephoenix2 August 29 2014 at 12:12 PM

Well, he's got the badge of honor according to new Hollyweird. He will get his own reality series now. Just wait!

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deruwid9 eaglephoenix2 August 29 2014 at 12:36 PM

yeah, "Celebrity Pimp". or Male Hos of Hollywood. or "Wanted: Cop Model". "Homeless and Shameless". I Was Picked up by a Hollywood Ho.

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eaglephoenix2 August 29 2014 at 12:16 PM

Miley and her tongue - "Calling all Richards!"

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bronbronco27 eaglephoenix2 August 29 2014 at 2:02 PM

and you are right he looks like a dogs butt@ole

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belldon10 eaglephoenix2 August 29 2014 at 2:05 PM

Richards of the world are in love with Miley and her tongue. Down boy.

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bsalley August 29 2014 at 11:35 AM

I believe in helping people too but if it's truly caring, then you do it quietly. Many of our stars give freely and don't seek recognition. She sure knew when to do it

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roseyoungstewart bsalley August 29 2014 at 2:24 PM

why do it without seeking recognition? tell that to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. You're just a fat old flabby armed jealous broad.

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eaglephoenix2 bsalley August 29 2014 at 3:34 PM

And I will go one step further to say a lot of misguided teens will take this as a dogwhistle moment to head to LA in the hopes of being brought into the limelight by some celebrity. You are correct that this should have been done quietly and without a lot of fanfare. She may be guilty of bringing impressionable youth to their ultimate destruction.

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RiverBoatQueen August 29 2014 at 11:29 AM

He's CUTE!!!

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bsalley August 29 2014 at 11:34 AM

Well she certainly got the attention she wanted for herself. Last year a disgusting vulgar performance. This year a homeless guy accepting her award while she stood looking on with her hands on her cheeks and tears in her eyes. Next thing we know she will be doing a movie. She DOES know how to act!!! And anybody that thinks she did this for other people is sadly mistaken.

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bill_jones86 August 29 2014 at 11:54 AM

homeless but posted a 2500.00 bail!!

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dollie August 29 2014 at 12:22 PM

He's very hot. A nice young studly man. Miley has good taste.

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