Jesse Helt, the homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to Sunday’s MTV Video music awards, is wanted by police in Oregon police. Officers have an outstanding arrest warrant for the 22-year-old from 2011, alleging that he had violated the terms of his probation.
In 2010, Helt was reportedly arrested for breaking and entering the apartment of a man he believed had sold him bad marijuana. Salem police charged him with criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary; after pleading guilty to the first two charges, Helt was assigned a 30-day jail sentence and probation.
Some time thereafter, Helt stopped reporting to his probation officer. “He doesn’t make himself available to community supervision, and he takes off,” the director of Polk County’s community corrections department told the Oregonian newspaper. Helt moved to Los Angeles, living on the streets and occasionally receiving help from the homelessness charity My Friend’s Place. That’s where he met Cyrus, during the pop star’s visit on 19 August.
Inspired by Marlon Brando, who used a 1973 Oscar win to make a statement against Hollywood’s exploitation of Native Americans, Cyrus asked Helt to attend the VMAs as her date. When she was announced as winner of video of the year, she sent Helt to make a speech in her stead: “My name is Jesse,” he said. “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.”
“Jesse’s had ups and downs like anybody else,” his mother, Linda Helt, told the Daily Mail. “He’s a good kid.” She was reportedly visited on Tuesday by officers hoping to find her son; sheriff’s detective John Williams told the family they were still looking for Jesse.
Miley Cyrus used Twitter to call on the public to stop “looking down upon the homeless”. “People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included,” she wrote. “The media … [have] chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(” Since Sunday, Cyrus’s online campaign has raised more than $200,000 for My Friend’s Place . “Now is just the beginning for me,” she said in a statement. “We gotta start somewhere.”
Democrat Teressa Greenfield leads GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in ‘Gold Standard’ poll of Iowa
The Des Moines Register released their latest polling of Iowa on Saturday.
"Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country," the newspaper reported. "With just over six weeks to Election Day, the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Greenfield leading 45% to 42% among likely voters. Another 3% say they would vote for someone else, 2% say they would not vote in the race and 7% are unsure."
Trump promises America we will never see him again if Biden wins
President Donald Trump insisted he would withdraw from public life should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been a public figure since he started appearing in tabloid stories in the 1980s, made the promise during a campaign rally North Carolina on Saturday.
"If I lose to him, I don't know what I'm going to do," Trump said, in comments that will stoke fears he may try to hold onto power regardless of the will of the voters.
"I will never speak to you again, you'll never see me," he vowed.
Trump was quickly ridiculed for his remarks. Here's some of what people were saying:
Lincoln Project releases devastating new ad against Republican Lindsey Graham
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee had his own words used against him in a hard-hitting new ad from the Lincoln Project.
"If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election," Graham promised The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg in October of 2018.
It wasn't the only time Graham had made such a claim, as was pointed out by Vanita Gupta, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.