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'Kony 2012' Honcho

Detained for Allegedly

Masturbating in Public

3/16/2012 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jason Russell

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3:26 PM PST: We just got footage
of Jason's naked meltdown on a public street ... pounding his fists in anger and screaming maniacally.

2:15 PM PST: Law enforcement sources tell us ... there are NO plans to charge Russell with a crime for yesterday's incident.

2:08 PM PST:
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Russell is being hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities can assess his mental state. The 5150 hold allows authorities to keep Russell for up to 3 days to determine if he represents a threat to either himself or others.

1:45 PM PST:
The CEO of Invisible Children, Ben Keesey, tells TMZ ..."Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition."

The statement continues, "He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday."

"Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.”

Jason Russell was detained, not arrested by San Diego cops
The mastermind behind the now-famous "Kony 2012" video was detained by police in San Diego yesterday for allegedly being drunk in public and masturbating.

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Jason Russell was taken into custody by San Diego cops.  In addition to allegedly masturbating, cops say he vandalized cars.

Cops told NBC7 in SD they received several calls around 11:30 AM ... reporting a man in "various stages of undress."

Sources tell us ... Russell was dancing around the Intersection of Ingraham and Riviera wearing "speedo-like underwear" ... and eventually removed the underwear and began to make sexual gestures.

We're told ... it appeared Russell was under the influence of some kind of substance.

Cops told NBC, "Officers detained [Russell] and transferred him to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment."

Russell is the father of two, and says he wants to have 9 more kids. 

Russell is the co-founder of Invisible Children as well as the filmmaker of the ultra-viral video which has set records on the Internet -- with more than 80 million views (below).

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136.

OMGLOL    

Looks like Invisible Children were left all over San Diego.

917 days ago
137.

Bail Money    

I guess that was what Russell raised all that money for? His bail money. Every victim of Kony have said that they received no $$$ from Russell the masturbator!

917 days ago
138.

Lana    

He got arrested before Kony?!?!

917 days ago
139.

anon    

Oh no, I hope we still plan to invade Africa. pretty, pretty please U.N. say this doesn't change anything.

917 days ago
140.

J28    

To me it seems like he's struggling with his sexuality, lashing out in frustration because he can not be himself. I don't want to offend anybody. I really don't know, this is just a theory.

917 days ago
141.

Random    

Hm..... don't you guys think, just maybe, the guy is getting portrayed a way he's not? I'm sure that he was just going out for a round of drinks and did what he did, but because of the limelight on him, he won't get away from it.. I wouldn't want to put a stroke across his name without actually waiting for the end of this year to find out what he planned happened or not, that is all to it.. it wouldn't be easy to ''scam'' people's money when you advertise it so much, I doubt they're stealing any money.. Regards, xx.....

917 days ago
142.

Honeybee13579    

**** the haters for driving this guy to lose his ****. His organization is doing good work. It's not a scam. Why don't all you cynics go out and do something with your life instead of hating on people that are doing something with theirs. And **** you TMZ for being all that's wrong with American society. Whomever is moderating this comment thread... Go get a better job where you're not being led by a zombie press army of vanity vampire culture sucks.

917 days ago
143.

Koney is Dead!    

Koney Found Dead!

CONGO | Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:28pm EDT

(Reuters) - Rebel leader and recent target of San Diego based charity Invisible Children, Joesph Mugabto Koney, was found dead at the age of 47 today at his home in Villa Point Sur, Congo.

Reporters found the aging rebel leader on his couch in his living room. He was pronounced dead from a prolonged and raucous laughing fit.

Mr.Koney had apparently been watching the morning news on CNN International and had heard that Invisible Children founder Jason Russell, 33, had been arrested for going insane, masturbating in public, and smashing cars.

"He began laughing and would not stop, his eyes bulged out of his face and he turned blue," said Maputo Mumbe, Koneys head of security.

Joesph Mugabto Koney will be buried tomorrow.

In a statement Friday, Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children, said:

"Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, malnutrition and poor ****ing judgement. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. Our organization has now become a complete laughingstock and we will be closing our doors as of today. You can get away with a lot of stupidity in this world but public masturbation is not something that you can survive from, just ask Pee Wee Herman."

917 days ago
144.

Jacqueline Diana    

Wrote several articles about not only Kony 2012 but, also some of the responses from those closest to the complexities of all that the Ugandan people have been exposed to for so many years. At the present moment, just not sure what thoughts are about what's transpired with Jason Russell. One thing is certain, the timing is not good; if it were to ever be. http://www.todayonsociety.com/today_on_society/

917 days ago
145.

Bony2012    

I'm going to start a scam....I mean "charity fund raiser" for Jason Russell - please send all your money to me and trust me to not get drunk and masturbate in the street.

917 days ago
146.

Jason     

A guys gotta celebrate.

917 days ago
147.

Hank     

Video, please?

917 days ago
148.

Larry    

Now he'll be remembered for bringing new meaning to the term "car jacker"

917 days ago
149.

Kony sperm Bank    

Now they are gonna sell lube....the world is full of hypocrites....poor son in the video cause his dad is a chronic masturbator......

917 days ago
150.

Anne    

bony 2012

917 days ago
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