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Homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' MTV award wanted by police

Jesse Helt collected the award on behalf of Cyrus in front of millions of viewers around the world. Credit: Instagram/Miley Cyrus

The homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus's video of the year award at the MTV VMAs is wanted by police.

The singer invited Jesse Helt to accept her award at Sunday's ceremony for her hit Wrecking Ball in a bid to highlight the issue of youth homelessness.

But police in Oregon say a warrant for Helt's arrest for violating his probation is in effect.

Miley Cyrus hugs Jesse Helt after he accepted the award for video of the year. Credit: Reuters

The 22-year-old has been wanted by police since November 2011 for failing to report to probation officers following an arrest for criminal trespass.

Helt was arrested previously for criminal mischief as well as other probation violations, according to court records.

Reacting to news of the arrest warrant, Cyrus accused the media of ignoring the issue of youth homelessness in favour of attacking Helt.

Helt's mother told the Oregonian that her son had moved to Los Angeles a few years ago and had been homeless ever since.

Police arrived at Helt's family home in Salem, Oregon to speak to him after his mother revealed in the same interview that Cyrus had given him money for a plane ticket so he could be with his family.

But Helt was not at the house when police arrived, Lee Warren, the Polk County probation officer for Helt said.

Cyrus posted pictures of her together with Helt before Sunday's event. Credit: Instagram/Miley Cyrus

Helt collected the award on Cyrus' behalf in front of millions of viewers.

"I've cleaned your hotels rooms, I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life," Helt said at the event.

"Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have many of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."