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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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31.

E    

HA.

914 days ago
32.

CLINT    

The guy's a jerkoff. What can he say?

914 days ago
33.

crankyg    

Masturbating in public is how you make invisible children

914 days ago
34.

wiptidoo    

What a piece of garbage-well there goes all the good his people were trying to do with their message. What a jerk! Now no one will listen to him-

914 days ago
35.

karlew    

Kony: Biggest villain of 2012
Russell: Biggest joke of 2012

914 days ago
36.

cindy    

eeeww!!

914 days ago
37.

patty    

oh yeah - every time i'm tired and thirsty thats what i do???? dam!!! he was really doing good, and had to screw it up:(

914 days ago
38.

Pudding Tang    

HE WAS KILLING BABIES AND CAUGHT RED HANDED

914 days ago
39.

Andie    

Hahaha, I'm loving some of these puns.

914 days ago
40.

warrengonline    

What? Why? I'm NEVER going to be famous or rich. I can't lie to save my life and since I do not like dust, smoke or needles and i do not smoke, drink or do drugs... That makes is even harder. How do people get into these situations? He's a father for crying out loud.

914 days ago
41.

Tellthetruth59    

Who doesn't masturbate in public when they are exhausted, dehydrated and suffering from malnutrition? It's the first thing everyone does! Right? This Kony thing is a total SCAM run by SCAMSTERS and promoted by Hollywood. He sounds like one of the OWS freaks. That's probably where the Kony money is going.

914 days ago
42.

buzz kill    

Sterilize him now.

914 days ago
43.

OooooNooo!    

If you can't love yourself, who can you love?
Pass the lube.

914 days ago
44.

fatmike182    

"suffering from exhaustion, dehydration"... well, yeah, that's what we call masturbating

914 days ago
45.

JustAGuy    

...hot...

914 days ago
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