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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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181.

Mee    

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

848 days ago
182.

sean    

He's kinda hot, but that's crazy.

848 days ago
183.

Monilove202    

Wow that's some Africa juju Kony use on russell. His family should take him to Kony country to be heal. What happening to him now Is African magic. I believe Kony is mad about what he's doing n decided to paid him with madness.

848 days ago
184.

Carl    

I've had periods of "exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition" and never went off my rocker. This guy's Kony video, while noble in intent, made it obvious he was nutty.

848 days ago
185.

Monilove202    

Africa juju from Kony real talk

848 days ago
186.

lou    

kind of reminds you of how MJ was tortured by the media and publicly humiliated for doing nothing but accused and proved innocent, why is this white man allowed to go free with a big fat aww poor thing and he must be overwhelmed, not. He actually did something that is pervy and its considered ok. what the hell is wrong with this picture. people you need to think about some of the things you say. its ok for this man to masturbate in public and who knows if there were any children onlooking. but Mj was set up by sneddon and these money hungry leeches along with bashir, and he is still getting called a pedo even in his grave, he was innocent russell is not,but oh wait he is white that makes a huge difference in people's logical thinking smdh

848 days ago
187.

Micael Dixon    

So if this guy was masturbating out in public in the USA, what do you think he was doing in Uganda with a bunch of children?

848 days ago
188.

killykilly    

Wait, why isn't this guy being charged with indecent exposure, vandalism and public sex act? Anyone else would have been tossed in the slammer. So, now anyone can just chalk up inappropriate behavior to "pressure"?

848 days ago
189.

Celebrities Suck    

funny part of this whole thing is that celebrities that help make this video go viral aren't even tweeting/commenting about this.... Hmmmm! If they weren't on it they need to educate themselves before supporting something they have no clue on.

KONY 2012 - UGANDANS REACT ANGRILY TO VIRAL VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbBtt2h5HGo

848 days ago
190.

Celebrities Suck    

Uganda Gov't Reacts to Kony 2012 http://youtu.be/DIEtCa9mqhE

848 days ago
191.

Elinor    


From "most" of the comments I've read just on this page .. I am horrified that no one has shown one ounce of compassion for this man. Do you even know really, what this man has sacrificed in the name of Humanity. ALL of YOU should be ashamed of yourselves ... Wake the hell up, where the heck is Your compassion for other human beings, such as yourself ? May you never find yourself in such a place, so lost & exhausted that your body breaks down, malfunctioning to the point of utter confusion. I do not believe for a moment he was masturbating... I do not trust the media once so ever. They have no problem labeling someone who is suffering, merely because they are misunderstood. Jason is merely a man ... as frail as You & I ... There but for the Grace of God Go I ... Hope this never happens to you ... You will remember Jason .. And so many others that have become lost in a world that has put our very Humanity in question.

Jason met his breaking point & I am sad for him & his family .. They are all in "My Prayers"
His hard work, dedication & unselfishness gave way to a place of confusion
& utter surrender, that which he is ultimately suffering for ....
... And ... May Jason find his way back soon... & to those he loves, to the compassionate plea for which this journey began.

I find this to be tragic & very sad. What you have done & still yet, have to do, will not go unrewarded Jason !
My prayers are with you ... God is With you …

848 days ago
192.

Tay Tay    

HOT DAMN! I want whatever he smoked, that's some CHRONIC BABY!

848 days ago
193.

Rina    

he was under a deal of pressure, give him a break
maybe he already had health issues before but he was trying to make a difference in this world, he putted his health for it.Lets see you guys do his job

848 days ago
194.

bunny    

In addition to masturbating he vandalized cars. That's a huge EWWW moment. I guess it's better than in his hand.

848 days ago
195.

tricia    

And all this did WHAT for the cause ??? Such idiots thinking they're helping.

848 days ago
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