Jesse Helt, Miley Cyrus homeless date to the VMA’s, was sentenced to six months in jail on October 7, after violating his probation.
In August Helt escorted Cyrus to the VMA’s and accepted the award for video of the year on her behalf.
Jesse delivered a touching speech, which bought many viewers to tears including Cyrus:
“I am accepting this award for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I’m one of those people,” Helt told the stunned audience. “I’ve survived in shelters all over the city. I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life. Although I’ve been invisible to you I have a lot of the same dreams that have brought me to you tonight.”
Helt was arrested in 2010 for breaking into an apartment. In 2011, he violated his probation and moved to Los Angeles. While in L.A. he pursued a career as a model while working jobs that didn’t pay much. While living in a homeless youth shelter, Helt met Cyrus when she visited the shelter.
According to The Associated Press Helt was handcuffed in an Oregon courtroom on October 7, after his attorney Whitney Boise, who was hired by Cyrus asked the judge to be lenient and give Helt one more opportunity to change his life. ” He wants to change his life, he wants to make a difference.” Boise said in court.
Boise argued that Helt was raised in poverty, and was unaccustomed to discipline. She also claimed that her client hoped to help other homeless youth, and had plans for a bright future.