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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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301.

Tracy Lalonde    

It's quite obvious from the video that he's suffering a psychotic break of some kind. I hardly think its from dehydration and exhaustion! I've never seen anyone else do that when they're tired! Unfortunately now every time someone hears the name Kony they will associate it with "the guy who ran naked in the street" and take away from his real cause of saving the children.

888 days ago
302.

Elys    

I do not know if anybody is going to be agree with me or not, but from my point of view, after all these guy did to show a video do***ented about "KONY" for him to come out later, running naked on the street, and "masturbating"... it doesn't make any sense to me. My point is that Russell was captured by CIA, injected with some "VIRUS" to make him hallucinate, causing him all these kind of actions, getting him a little confused, and probably cause lost memory. Many people know that in Africa the population is big and some governments are agreed in eliminate half of the population in the whole world. As a result is not convenience for the USA to help this guy to capture KONY when he is doing a very "good job" killing innocent people. Too sad but we are inside of a F...ck "MATRIX" all manipulated.

872 days ago
303.

Reece    

Kony 3:16
Though shall not masturbate in public.

869 days ago
304.

JohnChippendale    

What's the follow up? I hope he's all right ... and drug-free. That's not to say that he might not have been the victim of some kind of foul play. His would not be the first drink to have been spiked with some controlled substance without his knowledge, if that's what it was.

847 days ago
305.

Rizzle    

You people are mean. This guy is obviously in the late stages of insanity. He needs help and you are all basking in his pain. I'm sure 99.9% of you have never done anything of value to any person on this earth, and this guy has done much, How about saying "I hope he gets some help." Anyone not saying that should just immediately go to whatever hell may exist in your belief system.

816 days ago
306.

Logic    

A guy who's able to pull off the whole campaign would not be doing this.
OBVIOUS FACT: Kony is just a small fish that would lead to something WAY bigger that we can imagine.
HENCE : He was being FORCED to embarrass himself.
THINK TWICE.

798 days ago
307.

mercedes    

my question is , " is there any videos or other picture of his face or at least a side view of his face going into a police care wearing or being naked ?" because you can't always believe this if you can't see his face. I honestly don't know what to believe of the Kony problem cause i honestly just found out about it and there has even been videos of kids/teens/adults who go there and say that either kony died or he has been arrested. i just want to know the real proof of the whole entire thing

790 days ago
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