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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).

339 COMMENTS

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286.

locsipocsi    

YA'LL ARE FRAUDS TO JAIL WITH KONY 2012 VIDEO TO JAIL WITH JASON RUSSEL TO JAI'L WITH ALL A' YA'LL THIS **** IS ENRAGING YOU GUYS AREN'T HELPING ANYONE BUT YOURSELVES

898 days ago
287.

Valerie Brooks    

That was a good move to go out parading naked to get some attention. In Uganda, that's rough stuff going on. In the US, they are kidnapping children, because the parents ran out of money and have some drama from it because they are young and dumb, and they give the children to secret foster care parents and pay them much more than welfare and allow them to have money already, not run out. I don't particularly like people out of money to have to part with their children. Even if it's Moses.

898 days ago
288.

Fredo     

There is nothing physical wrong with this young man. If his family would take him to Bill Johnson's Church in Redding, CA he will recover.

897 days ago
289.

15's Over    

Looks like Kony's gonna get the last laugh......

897 days ago
290.

D    

Kont-1 jason-0

897 days ago
291.

Summer    

Jason Russell had the courage to do what no head of state had the courage to do. Attack a powerful international figure such as Kony who supplies drugs, arms and prostitutes to the world’s underbelly and see what befalls you. Killing Jason would have made him into a hero – he was taken out much more effectively. Don’t be so naive.

897 days ago
292.

Em    

I feel really bad for this guy, I work in a psych hospital and see this kind of behavior all of the time. For some reason, you lose your clothes as soon as you lose your mind. Usually it is because of some substance use and usually they don't show up on drug tests. Just look online on how to get high. People will put crazy sh-t in their bodies. This can happen to anyone. I have seen reputable people (doctors, nurses, lawyers, every day people) lose their mind. Mental Illness can happen to anyone (even you and me). Too bad it is laughed at instead of being treated like the illness it is. You don't see people laughing at cancer unless they are a complete d-bag. But. . .we do it all the time for mental illness. Just plain sad.

897 days ago
293.

Gujinda Ranasena    

May be he thought he was INVISIBLE, like the children!!!

897 days ago
294.

Dimitri    

He was probably drugged. Never trust anyone with drinks everyone knows that. Poor fellow, I hope he gets well. Still we will fight that Kony gets detained

897 days ago
295.

bennyx69    

his kony needed to *** out fast

897 days ago
296.

Tamera Anderson    

We all need to help expose Joseph Kony and get our goverment to care and take action because it is the right thing to do. Kony is commenting geniside. This has gone on to long!!!!! This is a powerful movie!!!!

896 days ago
297.

Ali    

I cannot believe how insensitive these comments are. This man has a family and is going through probably one of the toughest times in his life. It is a scary thing to have an episode like this, and having the world comment on it and kick him while he is down is just so thoughtless. Please think twice before saying things like this again about another person.

895 days ago
298.

Mel    

Idk what to think of this!!!! He must be under the influence of something, My prayers go out to him & his family.

assad 2012 Make this viral!!

895 days ago
299.

James Carney    

Unfortunate he has had to face public melt down, but the Kony campaign was flawed from the start; whilst perhaps good in its intentions, although even this remains unclear, subsequent action has seen us no closer to bringing Kony to justice.

http://carneyjames.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/kony-2012-and-activism-20.html

894 days ago
300.

James Carney    

Unfortunate he has had to face public melt down, but the Kony campaign was flawed from the start; whilst perhaps good in its intentions, although even this remains unclear, subsequent action has seen us no closer to bringing Kony to justice.

http://carneyjames.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/kony-2012-and-activism-20.html

894 days ago
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