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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).

341 COMMENTS

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151.

Anne    

bony 2012

866 days ago
152.

Don Martinez    

I have seen good people discredited many times by drugs and alcolhol. I believe this will prove to be the case.

866 days ago
153.

ferny    

that's bull**** he should be put in jail

866 days ago
154.

Gross    

I wonder if someone videotaped the act!

866 days ago
155.

Alex    

Honestly, I think he just snapped. He knew that his charity was bull**** and the guilt manifested in him until he just...lost it. I feel bad for the guy.

866 days ago
156.

M     

This is why I would rather donate to Samaritan's purse than to his charity. A reputable non profit is important when directing your money and making sure it actually makes a difference.

866 days ago
157.

jonathan penson    

Just like a good Christian Republican. Beware those with suppressed emotions.

866 days ago
158.

jim    

obviously, he was drugged with LSD by Ugandan spies.

866 days ago
159.

HAHAHA    

Ride it........my Kony.

866 days ago
160.

Joe Bedlocks    

Beat me to it

866 days ago
161.

Meme    

Is there a problem, Officer?

866 days ago
162.

Julio Navas    

I saw the interview he did at E! and in my opinion is ****ing stupid wasting money to make a thief/murder famous with campaings and i know is a publicity stunt. Bin Laden never needed a movie to make him worldwide famous and i think nobody will ever reach his status as a terrorist, this is completly pointless, and jacking of in a bar, now you see the kind of people is behind this ****.

866 days ago
163.

Keith    

Anyone else know this guy kinda looks like Tom Cruise?
Coincidence? I think not.

866 days ago
164.

Daniel    

Losing your credibility brah

866 days ago
165.

Lana    

AWESOME! TMZ way to get his message out to MILLIONS!

866 days ago
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