Miley Cyrus’ Homeless VMA Date’s 15 Minutes of Fame Landed Him in Jail

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Remember Jesse Helt? He was that long blonde-haired homeless guy that accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards; he also accepted the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s award in the name of fighting nationwide homelessness through supporting My Friend’s Place, the homeless center for youths where the pair had first met.

Well, now he’s going to jail. The 22-year-old Oregon native has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating his probation. Guess showing his face on live national television wasn’t the smartest idea, given that there was a warrant out for his arrest over previous probation violations, including failure to meet with his probation officer and not reporting for a drug test. The original charges involved criminal trespassing and criminal mischief back in 2010.

According to reports, Helt spoke briefly at his court hearing, saying that, regardless of his past, he would “like to be viewed as a good person.”

This rings eerily similar to his profound speech at the VMAs this past August. “Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets,” he said. “I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”

When Helt’s legal issues first made headlines, Cyrus had posted a photo of her awards show night with him on Facebook, asking a surprisingly sensible question: “Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction?”

[via E! Online]

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