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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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61.

Justin    

***my-2012

915 days ago
62.

Mikey    

Masturbating in public, is that wrong? Cause if anyone had told me so Hollywood and Vine would look a lot cleaner.

915 days ago
63.

me    

Ugh. Don't give this video anymore publicity than it is already getting. This 'cause' is so harmful to the people of Uganda. It will result in greater loss of life at the hands of the Ugandan military, on top of the fact that there are no longer THOUSANDS of children in the LRA. What is leftover is thousands of homeless and a booming prostitution market full of these children. Oh... and they were NEVER invisible in Uganda. If people did their research they would find that previous child soldiers of the LRA were livid when they saw this video. They do not want the help Invisible Children is offering. Less that 30% of their fundraising goes to direct aid.... but all three of the execs make 90k a year. WHAT A JOKE. do your research, people.

915 days ago
64.

Shannon    

Your drunk, vandalizing cars & masturbating in public at 11:30 in the morning!!! Those wacking Christians know how to have a good time!

915 days ago
65.

Celebrities Suck    

this whole Kony crap is BS. Kony fled Uganda over 9 yrs ago. And that the video that went viral is about things that happen over 9 yrs ago. A few people from Uganda have posted video replies regarding this BS video that went viral. Celebs should be ashamed of themselves for retweetted this video without doing their own research.

915 days ago
66.

mulan    

This is so embarrassing, so many people including me believes in 'KONY 2012' and with all the controversies surrounding it, this does not help.

915 days ago
67.

Larry    

Ok, realizing that my posting of this "KONY 2012" video on Facebook was a mistake, realize what and who was behind this, and now to see this, sorry all credibility has now flown or shot out the window!!!

915 days ago
68.

Vital    

PCP is a hell of a drug!

915 days ago
69.

Joao    

I get it, Harvey and his motley staff throws the "rumors" of "exhaustion", which sets the stage for the court to give the pervert a "break" and drops or refuses to press any charges in exchange for "rehab", "counseling", "hospitalization", "recovery", "treatment".. or any rendition of BS... because as we all know, celebs have diplomatic immunity in [California, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida]

915 days ago
70.

deepfried57    

It's not like he was breast feeding in public !!

915 days ago
71.

weird al yankovich    

Oh dude I support this guy even more now.. AWESOME !!!

can anyone say STREAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Classic :)

915 days ago
72.

nof    

He's not the-only-dude ...


-Who celebrates ...


-By taking off his pants -


-And going thru other-people's- glove-compartment-box.


I get a-big-rush out of this as well.


Something exhilarating and yet care-free ...


-About it.


-Like Larceny4 only better.


Lucky he didn't have tighty-whitey's on.


That's a felony.

915 days ago
73.

nof    

Maybe things are starting to break for the-poor-guy ...


And he was just, like, in a good mood...


On the other hand Speedo's were like yesterday.


-Boxers woulda been the call here ...

915 days ago
74.

Jennifer    

So this tells us that exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition led him to do this crime ??? So is the invisable children your trying to help also doing this as well ? You claim they are forced to work . Not given enough food or water , and all of them are suffering from malnutrition . But for some reason I just don't see these children doing the things this man done . STOP trying to cover up your actions for what you done . Does this make me want to stop helping these children ? NO !!! but as your fellow american , I just think someone else needs to take your place as CEO . Stop telling lies to cover up lies . You were drunk , or on something. Get your life together there before you start trying to heal others !

915 days ago
75.

Joao    

HEY I WAS RIGHT AGAIN!!! NO CHARGES

915 days ago
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