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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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16.

John    

The family man might have snapped from all the attention. Hope Kony doesn't have TMZ access.

888 days ago
17.

TheLoon    

Getting drunk off donation money no doubt...I think we finally found where that 60+ cents of every dollar donated is going

888 days ago
18.

AwShucks    

I will never believe in anyone or anything ever again.

888 days ago
19.

cis    

yeah here goes to the idiots who defended and donated to IC inc.

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20.

Trevor Baum    

I couldn't think of a more apt crime.

888 days ago
21.

TLBTim    

Hey jacka$$, how about instead of spawning 9 more kids, you go adopt 9 from Africa, put your money where your mouth is.

888 days ago
22.

whitetrashmom    

Damn....WTF, my kid watched his video, was printing posters! this is worse than when i had to tell her Billy May's was a cokehead.

888 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

NO!!! You've got it all wrong. He was choking Kony. Not masterbating.

888 days ago
24.

Judith    

WHAT??? NASTY!

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25.

Carl    

Wonder if he'll sit his son down and explain this to him like he did in the video about Kony!

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26.

Beats    

Look at this pervert I knew he was a fraud hes a fake like Ron Paul said to Rick santorum hes a fraud just like his fake propaganda Kony movie if you wanna invade africa just say you wanna invade africa dont act like theres a big black boogyman whos probably dead by now killing kids in africa when the fact of the matter is people been killing people long before america existed! hahaha your a pervert he should do the maximun ndaa his ass!

888 days ago
27.

CoCo    

a la Pee Wee Herman, George Michael ... good luck to ya.

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28.

CoCo    

Choking the kony in public. It does not change the importance of his message. It does change how much of a big joke he is about to be come...

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29.

Valentina    

NOOOOOOOOOOO! Cuando vi su video pensé que podia ser una buena persona.. que lastima.

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30.

writenow    

Hilarious, considering it was a San Diego police officer who just went off to prison for attacking women while on duty. Another SDPD sgt. and "Officer of the Year" was found guilty of stalking a SDPD officer who rejected him. Another was allowed to resign. Shouldn't San Diego PD try looking within? After all San Diego police chief Lansdowne Disbanded the Public Integrity Unit. "

888 days ago
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