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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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46.

Lame    

Dang, he gets caught and your local priest has been terrorizing children for years yet you still go to that church and "mums the word" yet you support your church and give them your money.

Ok, the guy got drunk and did a stupid act, so what? How many of you have gotten drunk and fell on your face or done something outrageous?

His personal act of stupidity has no bearing on the cause and if you judge the cause based on his act, your no better than the act itself.

An if his act so bothers you, than take a closer look at many public figures around the world such as congressmen, priests, social workers, police, school teachers and other heads of non-profits and their acts of stupidity. Does it make the cause they are involved with worthless as too?

Wake up people, we all have done some stupid act in our lives and got away with it, he didn't and will pay the price for it, but it does not deter the act of what the kony movement stands for.

890 days ago
47.

Pudding Tang    

I GOT YOUR KONY, AND IT AINT HANGIN' RIGHT NAO!

890 days ago
48.

PTBarnum    

It's just his way of saying thanks to all the fools who sent in donations to his charity scam.

890 days ago
49.

qwerty    

I doubt he did this. I mean he's married ad has a child. He doesn't has time to be doing this.

890 days ago
50.

Dino    

This guy like most other Americans is just desperate for fame! First the #Kony2012 video with misconstrued ideologies and now this. Why do I sense a pointless reality show coming out of this?? Americans should just get a life!

890 days ago
51.

Joseph M.    

He was putting up posters and ran out of glue.

890 days ago
52.

neenee    

Makes sense. I masturbate in public when I'm hungry, thirsty and tired too.

890 days ago
53.

JR    

I love that he was hospitalized for exhaustion (from Jerking), dehydration (from Jerking), and malnutrition (from Jerking).

890 days ago
54.

jetfanglo    

what a whack job......hope he ***s to his senses ;o

890 days ago
55.

Kevin    

You can't wank off in public? I've been a bad boy.

890 days ago
56.

tgrfan42069    

wait what..the update is off from the real story..cops say they arrested him..yet his people come out and say he was in hopsital.derp

890 days ago
57.

Mikey    

Where are you suppose to masturbate?

890 days ago
58.

Mikey    

He's gone nuts from too much teeth whitening bleach.

890 days ago
59.

Judy    

It's sad to see this happen especially this close to April but I will say that it doesn't change the fact of all the things this man has done and is still trying to do. So I just hope that this will not detour him or anyone else involved with the things he/they/we is tryin to accomplish.

890 days ago
60.

Andrew    

...suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.. Yeah sounds like a bad hangover.. what a turd, way to ruin a good cause!! I have never been this bad drunk, he needs to GROW UP.

890 days ago
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