Don’t Worry, Miley Cyrus’ Fake Homeless VMA Date Has Only Been Arrested Three Times

Miley Cyrus and homeless friend Jesse Helt at 2014 VMAs(Photo: Christopher Polk / Getty Images Entertainment)

The story on this ‘homeless’ guy that Miley Cyrus brought to the VMAs with her just gets better and better worse and worse. First we found out that he’s not technically homeless at all, and now we’re also discovering that he has multiple arrests, and is wanted for probation violation in Oregon. Charming.

It was just a couple hours ago that I wrote about the fact that Jesse Helt is actually an aspiring model who has a home in Oregon, just chooses not to live in it, and already there’s another update on this nonsense. An Oregon court official tells Inside Edition that Jesse was arrested three times between 2010 and 2011 for various charges including criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. And here are his mugshots!

Jesse Helt mug shot 1 Jesse Helt mug shot 2 Jesse Helt mug shot 3

Since then, he’s repeatedly violated his probation by failing to take a drug test, using marijuana, failing to report to his probation officer, criminal trespass, breaking his curfew, and failing to complete community service. (On the bright side, this sounds pretty similar to Lindsay Lohan‘s track record, so if fame really is Jesse’s goal, he’s on the right track!) There are so many violations piled up against him at this point that there’s actually a warrant out for his arrest. Good thing your mom already announced that you’ll be traveling home to Oregon today (on Miley’s dime), so the police can be sure to meet you at the airport!

I fully understand that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that lead to the arrest of homeless youth, but I really don’t think this is one of those situations. It seems to me that Jesse is ‘homeless’ due to convenience, not to need. He doesn’t seem super invested in taking his life or his responsibilities seriously, which makes him a pretty perplexing choice to spread the good word of homeless awareness at the VMAs. 

“I am accepting this award on behalf of 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, because I am one of those people.”

Just a reminder to Jesse that there’s a difference between starving and being scared for your life and not being able to scrape together enough money for headshots (bonus — now you have three!!!). And another difference between being homeless and not being able to return to your home because there’s a warrant out for your arrest. Super great job utilizing resources that are intended for young people with no support system, though. Especially when your mom has this to say about you:

“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. 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.”

So not homeless. Not even a little bit. Just a failed model. And as for you, Miley, let this be a lesson that you shouldn’t just drop by a shelter, pick up a human you know nothing about, put him in a suit and take him to a party as your charity project. He’s not one of your dogs — he has a life and a history, and one that might not reflect so well on the cause you’re trying to support. This is why it’s important to do a little research before you can start patting yourself on the back.

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    • fantasymother

      Was about to post this on the other thread.

      All I can say is… ROFL

    • Nbl

      He’s trying to do the Blue Steel in that last shot.

      • fantasymother

        Mr Badass glower at the cops.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Well, this pretty much all makes sense now, since I read the word “Oregon” here. I lived in Portland for five years and I can tell you that half the “homeless” population there aren’t homeless at all. They are suburban white hippy kids who sit their asses on the streets with signs that literally read – ‘Need Bong Money, Please Help’ – and then go home to their parents’ cushy homes after a hard day of begging for pot. It’s one of the reasons I left. So this doesn’t shock me at all.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Same. When I lived in Portland, I was so frustrated because while homelessness is abso-effing-lutely a huge issue there, there are also lots of kids my age who actively choose not to work, which winds up making people believe homelessness isn’t an actual issue and undermines the need for change altogether. Aghhhh.

    • Napoleon

      Her stunt was SO transparent. Are we really supposed to kid ourselves in to thinking she would have befrinded this kid if he wasn’t giving off River Phoenix impersonation vibes? I bet she thought he was the most attractive “homeless” kid and she used him for her faux “Brando” moment.

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        She is absolutely repulsive, like on a Kardashian level. There are no other words. I wish nothing but awfulness to befall her.

      • Napoleon

        I couldn’t go that far. I hope she learns from her mistakes because they’re certainly making her look insincere and narcissistic.

    • Brenda

      At least he looks better than her – GAWD she’s so FUGLY!!!! body, face, and fake personality.

      • Court

        Definitely not body. Just saying… have you seen the nude pics? I’d love to have a body like hers :P.

      • Kathy Díaz

        Honestly I strongly believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, just because you don’t find her attractive doesn’t mean the rest of the world thinks the same; as for the fake personality I think that the constant spotlight does that to you, especially since such a young age; and we have seen it a lot in almost every single child star from Lilo to the Sprouse brothers; even Demi and Selena have had their moments…

    • .

      I want to give her the benefit of the doubt- not for her, but for the actual homeless people… because choosing the most attractive face you can find to get a good word out, well, it sucks you have to do that, but a lot of times it works. That’s kind of why you only see conventionally attractive people advertising things. So, I think as long as people are now thinking about helping the homeless, it doesn’t matter how or why. If the only reason people think to help is because homeless people are as ‘hot’ as him, or because they’ll get to go to Mileys concert, it’s a shame they wouldn’t help for any other reason, but the help is still good. I just hope that Mileys thoughts were the same. She certainly isn’t stupid. I’d like to think she knew picking a face like that would be the best way to announce this, and she wanted to make sure people paid attention, because it’s an important subject…
      but, yes, of course, she probs should have chosen better than a non-homeless criminal : .
      Just saying- I hope/think she only has good intentions.

    • happy1ga

      Interesting that you were willing to assume that his home was a good home, just because some beef jerkied white trash (OBVIOUS) substance abuse says so? lol. My ex husband would tell you I have a lovely home that I ripped my children from, due to my heartlessness, but definitely wouldn’t mention beating and choking me until I almost died. Now, we don’t know the issue here. It may be that he was a selfish jerk who liked living in a bush and eating out of the garbage, or…he may have had who knows what happen to him. Assumptions are dangerous things. Or…my guess…he made stupid decisions and either thought he couldn’t go home because of past interactions w/his family, or was dumb enough to think he could fix it alone. Either way, are you saying he didn’t need help? Huh.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Not saying he didn’t need help, saying that he’s not homeless.

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