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  • 29 August 2014, 9:38

Miley Cyrus's Homeless Man Hands Himself In

The homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has turned himself in after it emerged there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Jesse Helt, 22, went to a jail in Dallas, Oregon, and was booked on a probation violation warrant, according to Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections.

The 22-year-old then posted $2,500 bail and is expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Mr Silbernagel added.

Records show he was arrested in 2010, accused of breaking into the apartment of a man who Helt believed had been selling bad marijuana.

Helt, who moved to Los Angeles to try and find work as a model, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal mischief and criminal trespass and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation.

The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated the probation.

On Sunday Helt took to the stage to accept Cyrus' award for Video of the Year and used a short speech to raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness.

He said: "Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the US who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now.

"I know this because I am one of these people."

Cyrus met Helt through the Hollywood homeless centre My Friend's Place.

She selected the charity with the help of her friend Trevor Neilson, president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group.

In an email Mr Neilson said: "Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues.

"Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year."

Helt's mother Linda said on Thursday that the last four days had been a whirlwind experience, and confirmed Cyrus has offered to help pay her son's legal costs.

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