Hey remember when Miley Cyrus had a nice-looking young man named Jesse accept the 2014 VMA for Best Video on her behalf and it was super powerful how he raised awareness for youth homelessness and everyone was like, Awww, that Miley Cyrus isn't such a waste of oxygen after all! Well, it turns out Jesse is actually Jesse Helt, a 22-year-old who's currently wanted on a probation violation in his home state of Oregon.
So Miley managed to pick an advocate with a criminal record, since he was busted a few years back for a drug-related burglary attempt. I'm sorry, I know I'm supposed to focus on Miley Cyrus' campaign to highlight the work being done at My Friend’s Place, but I'm kind of hung up on the fact that 1) it's pretty hard to feel sorry for this guy, and 2) I can't believe he figured it would be a good idea to appear on national television with an open warrant for his arrest.
NBC reports that Helt was arrested in October 2010, at which time he told the police that he and a friend tried to break into an apartment because the man who rented it had sold them bad marijuana.
Can we just ... take a moment to reflect on that? "Sorry, officer, we were just breaking and entering because this weed deal was bullshit."
Helt eventually pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and criminal mischief, spent at least three weeks in jail, and was sentenced to probation and drug treatment. An arrest warrant was issued in 2011 when Helt violated probation by failing to report to scheduled probation meetings. He also failed to provide a urine sample for cops, was caught using marijuana, breached his curfew, and didn't complete community service.
His mother told the media Helt is returning to Oregon on Miley's dime, and a Polk County sheriff’s detective already visited the family home today looking for him. I don't know if he's planning to deal with his legal fallout or what, but the whole thing feels pretty ridiculous.
Miley hasn't specifically commented on Helt's warrant, but she tweeted this today:
People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2014
I don't know, man. I agree that homelessness is a big problem for a lot of people, but I can't muster up a ton of sympathy for a guy who ditched his criminal consequences and ran off to LA "to make it on his own," as his mother put it.
His mother also said of his VMA appearance, "He was at the right place at the right time." Sure. Except maybe not if he's actively WANTED BY THE POLICE.
What do you think of this? Does it matter to you that the guy has a warrant? (And a mother he could have gone home to at any time, apparently?)
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