The homeless man Miley Cyrus took to the MTV Video Music Awards narrowly avoided a big legal headache on Tuesday (16Sep14) after turning up for an arraignment hearing in Oregon 45 minutes late.
Jesse Helt turned himself in to police in his native Oregon for a probation violation relating to a 2010 burglary last month (Aug14), days after accompanying the Wrecking Ball hitmaker to the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles, and he was released on $2,500 bail.
He was due back in court on Tuesday, but made prosecutors and Polk County Judge Monte Campbell wait as he ran behind schedule.
Upon arrival, Helt was rushed into the courtroom so the hearing could begin. He did not enter a plea and has been summoned to appear before the judge next month (Oct14).
Helt was convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass following the 2010 burglary, and in 2011 he broke his probation by failing to take a drug test, communicate with his probation officer or complete his community service.
Cyrus invited Helt to be her date to the MTV prizegiving and allowed him to accept her Video of the Year award on behalf of all homeless people in the U.S. in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of displaced youths.