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Miley Cyrus pays homeless friend’s legal fees

Miley Cyrus pays homeless friend’s legal fees

Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/Jordan Strauss/Invision

Miley Cyrus has offered to pay the legal fees for a homeless youth she took to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday as he turns himself in to police for violating his probation.

Jesse Helt hit headlines on Sunday when he accepted Cyrus’ Video of the Year award on behalf of all homeless people in the U.S. It later emerged that a warrant was out for Helt’s arrest in his native Oregon because he violated his probation stemming from a burglary in 2010.

Helt turned himself in to the police on Thursday and was released after posting a $2,500 bail, and his mother Linda has now confirmed Cyrus has offered to cover all the legal costs.

Miley Cyrus embraces Jesse after he accepted the award for Video of the Year on her behalf on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The singer’s pal Trevor Neilson tells the Associated Press, “Jesse Helt turned himself in.. to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues… Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year.”

Following the burglary in 2010, Helt was convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, and in 2011 he broke his probation by failing to take a drug test, communicate with his probation officer or complete his community service.

Helt is due back before a judge in September.

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