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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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256.

Keek    

I think this whole ordeal is very strange. Everyone should pay attention at around the 27:06 mark of the video. Open your eyes folks.

859 days ago
257.

yvonne    

Quite sad, though.

859 days ago
258.

zoolady    

It sounds like a manic episode / biochemical imbalance. This man probably won't even remember most of it when he gets out of the hospital--He was sick, show some compassion. It's not like he hurt anybody but himself.

859 days ago
259.

Henrayy    

I guess he was working to hard for the children of africa so he dicided to take a break. Kony 2012 is a scam also. This man has alot of explaining to do..

859 days ago
260.

dd    

How is masturbating in public not a crime? Mentally ill poor people do it, do you think they get a pass!

859 days ago
261.

buzz kill    

Thats what he gets for all his efforts in perpetuating this Koni 2012 hoax. He wanted attention, well now he has it. Best comedy act. I am laughing so hard it is almost painfull. AAAAAAHHHHHHHa ha haaa ha ha ahaha ha ha

859 days ago
262.

pandora    

man he is a hottie. wish i was there.

859 days ago
263.

J_provocative    

another crazy fame-ho ..

859 days ago
264.

Dennis Bickers    

Concerning Jason Russell….. I watched the news on Jason’s bizarre behavior. I work as a Special Enforcement officer and a retired Firefighter, X-Paramedic. We just had a class on the effects of “Bath Salts” that they are selling over the counter in smoke shops. These are identical reactions to this drug that they sell legally. It makes your body feel so hot that they just start ripping their clothes off. They start babbling and talking to their self. The effect can be addictive and ongoing after one use. Four months later, you can turn around and start talking to yourself.

859 days ago
265.

Rasta    

masturbating in public is illegal now? the **** kind of world do we live in...

859 days ago
266.

Geir    

Poor guy. Must've been under a lot of stress lately.

858 days ago
267.

Kirungi    

Kony is no longer active in Uganda thanks to President Musevenis Government and the People of Uganda. Uganda is safe now contrally to what the KOny 2012 video protrays. We are proud of our country. We managed to go through the insergency with no help from the western world. The Kony 2012 is tarnishing Ugandas image contrally to the situation on the groud

858 days ago
268.

Annoya    

He went psycho. Get him some help stat. Why masturbate in public? When does dehydration cause you to publicly humiliate yourself? Something strange is going on with him.

858 days ago
269.

ella    

I'm french. I've just read this post end see the video kino 2012.

This man is a hero !

To be ill ou exhausted is not a fault.

And no matter if he walks nake in the street because nuditiy has never killed people.

The lake of humanity does.

858 days ago
270.

mike    

isnt he gay like please

858 days ago
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