The homeless man that Miley Cyrus took to the VMAs has reportedly turned himself in to police, but posted bail and is now free, according to this Thursday news report. Jesse Helt, 22, has become a worldwide celebrity not only for appearing as Cyrus’s guest to the widely watched awards show, but because the media has made sure to publicize his personal legal woes. Because of Cyrus’s celebrity status, he is now just as famous as she ( if even momentarily), and now their images are somewhat fused. Could this be why Cyrus is paying for the young man’s legal troubles?
Helt reportedly posted bail in the amount of $2,500.00, but clearly he has no employment and is homeless. Helt’s mother has revealed that Cyrus will be paying for his legal battles, so this must also include the large amount that was paid for his bail. His legal troubles stem from a warrant that was issued for his arrest back in 2011 after he reportedly broke into someone’s house that he believed to be selling “bad marijuana.” The details of his legal problems have put a mark on his image with him only now emerging into the public view via the Wrecking Ball singer.
Miley Cyrus took Jesse Helt to the VMAs as her date to bring attention to the growing problem of youth homelessness. She did so to promote compassion to all of the teens and young adults on the streets after meeting him through a charity organization dedicated to the same cause. It seems rather petty that his legal troubles have been broadcast for literally the entire world to pass judgment on him, when the entire point of his appearance on the VMAs was to shed light on a very important problem that exists. It’s important to note that one in three people under the age of 23 have been arrested at least once in the United States, so the judgment passed on Jesse Helt — possibly done out of bitterness against the ultra-famous Cyrus — seems a little unnecessary and unhelpful.