Miley Cyrus’ VMA date Jesse Helt’s criminal history, mug shot photos

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Miley Cyrus once again shocked viewers at MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night, but this time around she didn’t do it by hogging the spotlight (i.e. twerkfest), but instead by giving it up. The 21-year-old singer allowed Jesse Helt, a homeless 22-year-old aspiring model, to accept her award for Video of the Year to help draw attention to the homeless problem in Los Angeles and around the country.

“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,” Jesse said as he held Miley’s Moonman. “I know, because I am one of those people.”

Jesse, a rather gorgeous blonde with blue eyes who had everyone at the VMAs thinking he was Miley’s new beau (including Miley’s pal and audience neighbor Katy Perry), added, “I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your lives,” before pointing out, “Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless youth in America.”

He then added, “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.”

Jesse’s identity was later revealed, as was his history of being an aspiring model. (You can see his Model Mayhem page here.) Part of Jesse’s difficult journey chasing his dreams also included a few run-ins with the law. According to online records, Jesse was booked into the Polk County Jail in Washington at least three times from 2010 to 2011.

Miley Cyrus VMA date Jesse Helt mug shot

On October 30, 2010, Jesse was booked on charges of 1st Degree Attempted Burglary and 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief. In this mug shot photo (above) Jesse Helt was sporting long dark hair — a stark contrast to his lighter locks at the VMAs.

Apparently it wasn’t long after being booked in October that Jesse decided to trim off his hair and go blond, as evidenced by this next mug shot photo taken when Jesse was booked on a probation violation for criminal trespassing on April 27, 2011:

Miley Cyrus VMA date Jesse Helt arrested 2011

Four months later Jesse was booked again for yet another probation violation:

Miley Cyrus homeless VMA date Jesse Helt mugshot 2011

Although I couldn’t find any more Oregon arrest information on Jesse Helt after his August booking, which makes sense given the fact that his mother says he left his home state for Los Angeles “a few years ago.” I did, however, find where Jesse made Polk County Community Corrections’ Most Wanted list in February of 2012! His offense was listed as 1st Degree Trespassing, so I’m not sure if it was a new incident or merely that he was wanted on a probation violation for his 2011 offense listed above.

UPDATE – It appears Jesse never really cleared up his issues with the police because it is being reported that he still has a warrant out for his arrest.

In addition to revealing when her son left Oregon, Jesse Helt’s mother Linda Helt, 62, further explained, “He 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.” She later pointed out that although he was homeless in L.A., he always had a home back in Salem. “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,” she said.

Here’s the full video of Jesse Helt accepting Miley Cyrus’ VMA for Video of the Year:


Linda also said she was just as shocked as anyone else to see her son on stage at the Video Music Awards. “This will change his life, absolutely. This will turn things around for him and I believe God is the one that is doing it, God is making a difference and Jesse believes that.” She says of his speech, “He was nervous up there on stage, but that’s how it is when you have a passion for something like he does.”

In the end, she was ecstatic for her son’s good fortune and for Miley’s help. “It’s time for him to have some good luck. He needs to be blessed.”

You can support My Friend’s Place via their website or by participating in Miley’s Prizeo fundraising contest.

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  • Hollywoodpecker

    Um. Ok. A couple things: 1) Calling him “gorgeous” is like calling Jenelle sweet and innocent. 2) All this drama in his speech about being homeless and chasing his dreams crap and here to find out his dream is to be a model lol not a doctor, a lawyer or a scientist, but a model. I think he already accomplished that dream by modeling various mugshots.

  • spottedgiraffe

    I don’t find him attractive at all but whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

  • rai

    I am a former homeless youth and i for one know how easy it is to get a criminal trespassing charge when your homeless. Not to mention homeless people get targeted by the police alot more than the average person. Almost every homeless person i know has gotten that charge. It could mean he was simply sleeping in an abandoned house or park. Find a homeless person who has never been charged with a BS crime and then ill be surprised.

    • P

      Don’t trespass then you don’t get arrested. That simple. You can’t use being homeless as an excuse to break laws.

      • Bec

        Generally these people are seeking shelter from cold weather and storms or just trying not to get raped or have their small amount of possessions stolen by some punks.

        Usually the homeless people are seeking shelter in abandoned buildings. Try to have some compassion, one day it could be you or someone you know.

        • Ky

          Someday when a junkie homeless person is trespassing on your property, falls and hurts themselves and sues the pants off of you I’ll refer you back to your comment lol

          • Geniya

            That like saying someone broke into my house and as they robbed the TV, it then fell on them so they sue the person they burglarized.

            • Cookie_monstahh

              I know two people that actually had that happen to them. One was this lady who used to come into my workplace. A robber was looking into her house through her skylight and fell and landed on a knife or something ridiculous. He sued her and won. Same with a family friend, some kid broke into his house and was going through his stuff when he wasn’t home. He had two TRAINED guard dogs that attacked the kid. The kid said he “stumbled into the wrong house thinking it was his own” (yeah, to steal things). The dogs had to be put to sleep and my friend had to pay a fine. The judicial system is flawed.

              • Geniya

                That’s awful. Only in the USA a burglar can sue and win the person they tried to burglarize. The judicial system is not only flawed, it doesn’t exist. It is simply a mere illusion.

              • Tabitha

                your friends story sounds eerily similar to the story in the movie “liar liar.” HAHA

              • jebuz

                Lol your first story sounds like a line from the movie Liar Liar with Jim Carey

          • Bec

            Doubt homeless people have the funds to pay court fees

      • EffOff

        Often it’s not that easy. For many they have two options, sleep on the street and risk freezing to death, or break into a house just to have a warm(er) place to sleep.
        Also, jail is warm, and gives you a bed to sleep on and food to eat. I’ve known many homeless youth who commit petty crimes just to stay in jail for the winter.

      • rai

        If you haven’t been in those shoes you really shouldn’t act like its that simple. You don’t his or any homeless persons mental state. His mother could claim he had a great life at home but no one really knows what the whole story is. Also when your homeless you realize the police can say you are “trespassing ” just about anywhere.

    • SSSSS

      I just saw it reported that he broke into someone’s house who he believed sold him “bad weed”. LOL

      Don’t feel bad for this kid. He needs to let go of his dreams of being famous and move back home to his mom’s house.

  • Tabitha

    I have never been homeless so forgive me if I sound ignorant, but it seems to me like he chose this life. His mother said he always a had a place he could go back to. I guess I just see the circumstance of transplanting to LA and not being able to afford the lifestyle much differently than a young person who runs away from a violent household because they have no other choice.

    • Regina

      Thinking along the same lines…

    • Rai

      You assume what his mother said was true. You don’t know what really happened behind closed doors or his mental state.

      • Tabitha

        Right, and neither do you 🙂

  • TA

    he’s young and he seems able to get a job. I don’t feel sorry for him at all.

  • kiki

    It’s his choice to be in LA and be homeless. Sorry but if he was homeless for a good reason he would get my sympathy but he’s not. He, just like those thousands of other teens, decided to go to Hollywood to become famous. It’s sad that in our culture being famous is more important than basic human needs.

  • kody likes kush

    holy sh!t, its a clone of the nickelback guy in the first pic
    stop, stop it, no more chad krogurt

    • Regina

      Krogurt lol, sounds like a Nickleback endorsed yogurt brand.

  • Savannah

    Asa Hawks….Are you sure that the Polk County Jail is in Washington? There’s not a Polk County in Washington, but there is a Polk County in Oregon. Was he arrested in Oregon?

    • Renee L

      This is Starcasm. Mistakes and typos are a daily fun event here. So $100 says you’re correct.

  • Josie

    I think he looks a little bit like Ethan Hawke.

    • Babaloo

      Mixed with Shia LeBOOF and this one stoner from my high school named Shane.


    LET’S HANG HIM ! All the crimes that have taken place since he was on TV and this is what you came up with to write about ? SHAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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