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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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211.

Cindy    

This could be because of the recent accusation of people thinking he's abusing contributions because he doesn't spend them on the "people". He doesn't. He spends the contributions on getting the word out. But the news media is trying to make a story out of it, and in doing so are ruining a good man. I imagine he had a breakdown. None of us are as strong as he is and we should show respect. TMZ, I think you could have not shown the video, but instead just made mention of it. Why ruin and exceptional man who could be responsible for saving 100's of thousands of children before this year is over?

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bubx2700    

Danica Russell, Jason’s wife, issued a statement.

"Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading up to 'Kony 2012.' We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it," she said. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason—and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard. Let us say up front- that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things," she continued. "But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration. On our end- the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We’ll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: stop at nothing.”

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213.

LAguy    

hot!

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214.

SureThing    

The Ugandans put a curse on his a.z.z. Buddy you'll know better next time not to mess with them Africans. They'll call in witch doctors to take care of you.

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SureThing    

He didn't look "exhausted." He was quite energized.

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orcaorca    

anybody who wants 11 kids you know is nuts

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217.

skinnydog    

OMG! Just look at those poor invisible skivvies! Can I donate ten bucks?

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218.

Scott    

The weather looked hot, he had taken some clothes off to cool down, he looked like he couldn't find his contact lense.
Maybe he was going out for lunch later on.
Being a pacifist he would not want to go out with a loaded gun.

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219.

PBezukov    

And we give a **** because.....?

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220.

blisty    

Invisible Children us the charity getting the money behind Kony 2012 video. Invisible Children has a website with audited financials showing where the money was spent and it look legit they are doing good. Jason is a co-founder and the director of the Kony video. He has had a past stellar record as a good guy. But this is disappointing. I suggest we reserve judgement as the scrutiny he has been under, has apparently been too intense to handle.

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221.

anonymous    

When tmz broke this news , kony film was only viewed 79 million..now it's 80,470,583!

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222.

Jackie    

HA HA....what a prick.

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223.

kusanagi    

ok.. im going to say my conspiracy theory on this matter.
Kony sent his men to the US to capture "Jason Russell"
drug him, then release him to the public. so that he will lose all credibility and social standing.

so that less people will support him and does making the US not care about Kony.

OR

It could be someone from the US government pulling the strings. He thought that sending troops to Africa is a waste of time and resources. So he did the things mentioned above.

well thats just what my twisted mind conjure. xD

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224.

Bluejupiter    

That dude is bipolar or schizophrenic or suffering from some type of serious mental illness I'd put money on it.

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225.

myopinion    

wow...never knew this was going on in Africa I would like to thank Jason for sharing this short film with us it opened my eyes to what is happening there and let's me know how GREAT our country is. I feel as if someone slipped a bad drug in a drink that Jason was drinking or something on those lines. I hope the best for Jason and may God bless him through this terrible journey in his life.

Let's ALL try Love, Kindness & Respect it makes for a better world for us ALL to live!!!PEACE.

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