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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).

339 COMMENTS

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166.

kony is dead    

he should be thrown in jail for a lot more then this he needs to be in prison he has ripped off millions of dollars

915 days ago
167.

Diego    

fake!!!!! wheres the vid prove it NBC7!!! wheres the police report this is so fake lol

915 days ago
168.

James    

Phony 2012

915 days ago
169.

JManuel    

Make the USA not invade UGANDA... The natural resources must stay in UGANDA and not in hands of China or USA, or any country besides Uganda. Kony must be arrested, I'm not arguing you that...

915 days ago
170.

Todd    

Hahahahaahaa lol lmmfao I knew this dude was a fraud haha you pervert your s*** with your propaganda

915 days ago
171.

me    

leave it up to TMZ to bring the cause down!! who told them that a inside source. shouldnt they be chasing after MISS Lohan ...

915 days ago
172.

Barb    

#159. Kony. Not Koney. If you are going to write a stupid piece about the guy, spell his name correctly, at least.

915 days ago
173.

a3mholla    

you don't just get naked in broad daylight in public and wave your arms around like a gorilla because you're "suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition"

dude was on something.

915 days ago
174.

Seriously wtf    

Sounds like he is bipolar having an episode. I say we cut him slack because if it is some kind of mental illness, he can't help it. He has tried to make a positive difference in this world when healthy - let's not mock him if he is sick.

915 days ago
175.

al    

What type of drugs created the symptoms exhibited?

915 days ago
176.

WholeLife    

OMG...... I hope GEORGE CLOONEY doesn't get so upset by this that he strips down and spreads his SEED across the White House Lawn. Quick !! Someone cover Sasha and Malia's eyes!! praise be to God the Father

915 days ago
177.

Mulholland Drive    

Damn Jason? It's like that? Go Hard or Go Home!

915 days ago
178.

Fiona    

Ok, so obviously the public masturbation is disgraceful. And I wont pretend I know any more than anyone about the truth behind the Kony 2012 campaign, or the Invisible Children. But I do truly believe that Jason Russell wanted to do good things for the world.

As much as this sucks, I understand it. This man has committed his life to the Invisible Children, and for 2 straight weeks he has been constantly criticized, and made to be an antagonist... If all someone means is to do well, and if their integrity is being criticized by thousands/millions of people, than I really can't blame him for breaking down.. That's a lot of stress to undergo. Not to mention the fact that he has been working relentlessly since the video came out to support the campaign, etc.

People make ****ty mistakes.. It is possible this guy is just a total jerk.. But it is also possible that he is an amazing person whose limits were just pushed too far.

915 days ago
179.

Balanced Head    

UGANDANS ARE OVER JOYED AT THE ARREST OF JASON RUSSELL. SEE DETAILS AT HTTP://WWW.KONY2012-IS-A-SCAM.ORG ALL SEE ACTUAL VIDEO

915 days ago
180.

Mee    

If he was brown the cops would have thrown his ass in jail and alleged he was on crack....

915 days ago
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