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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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226.

EarthquakeMachine    

This Kony hoax didn´t work so

Illuminatis created him

Illuminatis destroys him

895 days ago
227.

mymulticast     

Someone who feeds on innocent lives -

895 days ago
228.

sasha    

Jason Russell just made TMZ news, He just added millions to his cause in number of people and to fund his cause. He is one smart guy, he did something that unfortunately peaked my interest, I had no idea till right now who Joseph Kony was and he already had 80 million hits, I will now share this with everyone i know.

895 days ago
229.

CR    

He clearly has bipolar or siiplar looking at this - looks like a manic break. These things happen unfortunately to people with the disorder - not all of them - and not all thw time - but commonly enough- especially at diagnosis. That you have chosen to publish some little grubb's mobile phone video as a news story - making a terrible personal mental break an international news story is a disgrace. Why not go film some disabled Down Syndrome kids too? Maybe video the reaction as you dangle a leg infront of an amputated war vet? I know you guys go for sensational journalism - but seriously? Couldn't you just have told the story withut humiliating a clearly mentally ill guy?? Talk about kick someone when they are down. Great story guys. Pull the video.

895 days ago
230.

Vigilantis    

Do the Kony action kits come with hand lotion and Kleenex?

895 days ago
231.

RedPill    

Haahahaha Jason you freaking pervert your disgusting and need to recieve the maximum penalty for thr crimes you committed scam artist I knew that video of yours was a scam your a hoax! And need to be prosecuted for lieing to the public with fake kony video

895 days ago
232.

kj    

I know I'm stereotyping (and yes, I'm gay), but have you heard the man speak??? When I heard he was married - to a woman! - I was shocked, more so than I am by this news. If I were under the glare of the world AND living a closeted life, I might crack too. Of course, he'd have been better off doing it up in West Hollywood than down in San Diego.

895 days ago
233.

Michael W    

LMAO! I'd rather shoot this douchebag than Kony! 2 kids? Way to go father of the year! Now go away and shut your trap!

895 days ago
234.

Rachel    

Bath Salts strike again.

895 days ago
235.

kate    

evil used against him, probably witchcraft.

895 days ago
236.

Santhi    

something really major must have happened...he seems to be in a greiving rage...n come on, nudity is nothing wen u have almost porn-like dancing on kids shows these days...i mean Cheetah Girls? Last time i checked cheetahs belonged to the ***** family...Whatever the case...those Ugandan kids still need help n Joe Kony needs to be brought to trial in Hague...This doesnt change anything...

895 days ago
237.

sam    

Uganda is not Central Africa-its East Africa...research !

895 days ago
238.

yvonne    

Increditbbly sad. Most part of the reactions are outrageous.

895 days ago
239.

yvonne    

Incredibly sad.

895 days ago
240.

jessedisko    

wow he wants Kony locked up in 1 yr and this pervert gets arrested in one. disgusting

895 days ago
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