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Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date turns himself in on probation violation

Published on Aug 30, 2014 3:48 AM
Jesse Helt (right) accepting the Video of the Year award with singer Miley Cyrus for her song Wrecking Ball on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, 2014 in California. Helt was chosen by Cyrus to accept the award in an effort to draw attention to youth homelessness. He turned himself on Thursday after violating probation, officials said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A homeless man who was chosen by Miley Cyrus to accept her MTV Music Video Award on Sunday has turned himself in on a probation violation and was free after posting bail, authorities in Oregon said on Friday.

Jesse Helt, 22, made headlines at Sunday's VMAs show when Cyrus opted not to collect the video of the year award for her hit Wrecking Ball, sending Helt in her place as a way to draw attention to youth homelessness.

Helt had a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation for criminal trespass since November 2011 after he failed to report and comply with probation supervision, Polk County director of community corrections Martin Silbernagel said.

Helt's probation officer said this week that local authorities had been looking for Helt in Salem, Oregon, after his mother told the Oregonian newspaper that Cyrus had given Helt money to fly home.

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