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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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271.

Karina     

Well, I've met Jason Russel before when I was ten years old and he was teaching me an acting class. His father started a kids theater group in SD that I was a part of. He seemed like an energetic and great guy, and I know that his personal intentions are probably pure, if not a little over dramatic. I don't practically believe in his cause since I think it may be a tad over simplistic, but I think a bit of this is probably also driven by ego as well. It's possible that he feels very righteous in what he is doing, but almost so much so that is causes meltdowns like this when the world has a different response. Sounds like a character from a novel.... It's weird having sort of seen him on and off from afar since he taught me that class so long ago. Poor guy. I feel sorry for him.

764 days ago
272.

debbie coulsey    

Well, since none of us were there we can't make a judgement. He may very well have had a mental breakdown. I know he has been all over the place giving interviews. Remember he has been living with this for 9years I think and now it has finally come to the public's eye. Not surprised if he did slip a bit. Give him a break we all have bad days over really dumb things when we look back at it ( at the time we did think it was big). Lets wait till we hear from Drs or him instead of slandering a guy who has been hospitlized! Remember cops didnt take him to a drunk tank..they took him to a hospital for mental evaluation.

764 days ago
273.

RedPill    

Its funny how people can't make any comments on his Kony video on youtube! Hey Jason your a hoax! A fraud and Im glad you've been stopped with your propaganda!

764 days ago
274.

Roberto    

Do any of you realize he paid himself nearly $90,000 for his "non-profit" job? Dam, where do I get my own non-profit?

764 days ago
275.

trololololo    

Uganda be kidding me.

764 days ago
276.

Kloud Kat    

He wants 9 more invisible children. Man I saw the video of him on Youtube where he was slamming his fists into the ground and screaming like a gorilla. I personally think he was giving CPR to an invisible child.

764 days ago
277.

Cowpox    

Definition of ARREST

2: seize, capture; specifically : to take or keep in custody by authority of law


Learn the LANGUAGE.

764 days ago
278.

Cowpox    

Definition of ARREST

2: seize, capture; specifically : to take or keep in custody by authority of law

Learn the LANGUAGE.

764 days ago
279.

itslife1989    

one word.xanax. i bet he took xanax. thats one of the only things i can think of the can drive someone to do that, poor guy i bet he feels so dumb.

764 days ago
280.

Shannon W.    

I believe i met Jacob a couple of years ago and i didn't even know how important of a person he was. Wow.

764 days ago
281.

JerzeyLegend    

God forbid someone gets drunk and makes an ass of themselves in public. No one is perfect. Get over yourselves.

The man has his own money, just because he receives donation money doesn't mean he used THAT to get drunk or whatever he did. This looks like a classic case of public drunkenness.

764 days ago
282.

Scoby    

That's ****ing funny

764 days ago
283.

Danno    

Haha 2012

764 days ago
284.

Danno    

How to get out of given millions of people there money back ......act gay and blame it on drugs

764 days ago
285.

thinkfirst    

hmm... so we have all seen this before. The power of an individual with positive influence.

Martin Luther King
JFK
Huey Newton
Tupac Shakur
Michael Jackson

The media/ and triangle (yep i'm talking about the illum)
step.1 > push push push until breaking point
step.2 > defame via media (because 99% of the population are robots/sheep)
step.3 > assassination

isn't it a little weird that he has had such a positive impact (large scale) and all of a sudden he looses his ****?

anyways, just a thought. everyone's going to have something to say (open and narrow minded). sure i'll have alot of dislikes too ha.

764 days ago
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