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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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196.

Rina    

this world is so messed up, we patronized people who sing about nonsense, sex and being wasted. As if that is the way of life, but once someone tries to make a good change in the world and stumbles along the they all bash about him.

866 days ago
197.

AC    

How can he promote good in the world if he has no morals himself?

866 days ago
198.

dd    

That man is dangerous he needs to be put away, I wonder how many children saw his filthy ass masturbating!

866 days ago
199.

Jack    

Bony2012

866 days ago
200.

cat    

just when you thought everything were going as planned. and then BOOMMM!! he shows up ruining his reputation. it takes you years to gain respect and it takes you just a second to ruin it... what a dismay...

866 days ago
201.

harhar    

exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition my A$$! More like self hatred for lying to the entire world about a guy who hasn't been seen in Uganda for 5+ years and is presumed dead.

866 days ago
202.

Neelika Jayawardane    

Africa is a Country's writers have been commenting on/critiquing Invisible Children's tactics for the last week. We are saddened that Russell experienced a mental breakdown, but it was clear to many of us who actually work on African issues that he and his group had severe issues.
See: http://africasacountry.com/2012/03/13/the-invisible-christians-of-kony2012/
and http://africasacountry.com/2012/03/07/phony-2012-risible-children/

866 days ago
203.

Danny    

This bizarre behaviour is the classic symptoms of MK ULTRA breakdown. The CIA perfected mind control in the late 60's and called the experiment MK-ULTRA. Other famous mind control stooges who managed to break their conditioning is Julian Assange. MK-ULTRA is now on the public record under FOI.

866 days ago
204.

NoWar    

Come on!

I'm as critical against the "Kony 2012" campaign as the next on. But that's no reason for being a total ahole and a jerk. If the guy is suffering he should get all help he needs.

Learn to separate the issues!
Otherwise you are what you criticize. Scams.

866 days ago
205.

King Dorsty    

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?

866 days ago
206.

Really    

Just an FYI...
It's daylight savings time.
So... PDT instead of PST... dumb asses.

866 days ago
207.

jacob     

well he has invisible children all over his hands now lol jk..

866 days ago
208.

tequila101    

crack is whack

866 days ago
209.

honey     

Sounds like a manic episode and the stress he's been going through probably set it in motion. Lithium will likely get him back to normal, but he will have to educate himself on his condition and learn how to pick up the signs of a breakdown before it occurs again. I hope he gets the treatment he needs. He is very talented and the work that he has done to raise awareness of the tragedies in Uganda should not be discounted.

866 days ago
210.

Joan K    

Now here is a guy who I would trust with my money, what a POS, there is no excuse for doing what he did, jerk.

866 days ago
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