After Miley Cyrus sent Jesse Helt onto the VMA stage to accept her award for ‘Best Video’ on behalf of the homeless youth across Los Angeles, the media took an interest in the aspiring model.
Unfortunately, what they found wasn’t so positive. Helt reportedly has a warrant out for his arrest in his hometown of Salem, Oregon for violating his probation, which stems from being charged for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing in 2010.
The 22-year-old was also revealed to have a history of violating his probation, with reports that he had a separate warrant issued for his arrest in 2011 for failing to take a drug test, testing positive for marijuana, breaking curfew and not completing community service hours, among other things.
Now, Miley Cyrus has responded to the criticisms against her friend, and seems to think that people have missed the point about what she was trying to accomplish for homeless youth.
According to Salon.com, Cyrus met Helt at My Friend’s Place – the homeless charity and shelter for which she is trying to raise awareness – just last week.
When Helt took the stage on Sunday, he told the crowd, “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. I know, because I am one of those people.”
“I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your lives,” he continued. “Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless youth in America…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.”
What do you think – do you agree with Miley Cyrus about Jesse’s situation? Did the media miss the point on this story? Sound off below!