ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Oh Miley, only you could try and make a point about youth homelessness only to land your new spokesperson in trouble with the feds.

This past weekend, Miley sent Jesse Helt, a 22 year-old homeless man originally from Oregon, to collect her VMA for Best Video. He made an emotional speech about youth homelessness in L.A, saying:

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

Well, it turns out that Helt's past is more chequered than previously thought.

He's wanted in Oregon on three charges of burglary, criminal mischief in the third degree, and one of criminal trespass in the first degree. In October 2010, he allegedly broke into an apartment where he claimed a man had sold him “bad marijuana.”

The burglary charge was later dismissed, but there's still a warrant out for his arrest.

Miley has paid for Helt's fare home to Salem, Oregon, where he'll be reunited with his mother after three years. However, upon re-entering the state Helt can be arrested at anytime.

Helt moved to L.A to try and make it as a model, and pictures from his portfolio have surfaced in the past few days showing a clean-shaven, harmless-looking young man:

Miley has been vocal in her support of his plight, taking to Twitter to state the obvious:

But since he's now had his face on TV and all over the internet, it's unlikely there are many places for Helt to hide.

Let's hope Miley's saviour complex doesn't land Helt in jail.

(Source: Gawker)


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