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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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76.

Mikey    

Everyone relax. He's just taking it to the next level and releasing a sex tape. Pure PR Genius!

949 days ago
77.

Robbin    

The bigger they are the harder they fall...

949 days ago
78.

MC    

I've been exhausted plenty of times in my life but that never caused me to masturbate in public. Just call it what it is, the guy got drunk and pulled his wang out and did the deed.

949 days ago
79.

Kevin    

Wish I'd never heard of ****ing Kony!

949 days ago
80.

I am Spartacus    

who cares he's a scam artist. It amazes me how many people can just follow people and their message without actually doing any research.

949 days ago
81.

nof    

The-harder-they-are the more they like to go through other-people's-glove-compartments.

949 days ago
82.

Fallopia Lopez    

How come every time someone goes crazy in public, they say they were 'exhausted'? When I'm exhausted, I get sleepy - I don't masturbate in the street, in fact, I don't think masturbating in the street has ever crossed my mind. This guy just blew his cred forever.

949 days ago
83.

renata    

Pics? Dude is hot, wish I was there to see him do it!

949 days ago
84.

carla    

At 1130 AM? Not pm? I mean there's a huge difference on weather this was in the morning or at night

949 days ago
85.

Ryan    

Lets get this straight. You make a video showcasing that the world is now going against the 1% of the people in power. When you do that all of a sudden your arrested and institutionalization with a 5150 (Means your crazy). This is just too much of a coincident that once you get the power they'll take you out somehow, someway..... Don't even let this deter you from the cause that he supports. Most likely he was drugged without his knowledge.

949 days ago
86.

renata    

Usually naked guys in public are ugly, at least he's HOTT. We need more sexy guys like this naked in public

949 days ago
87.

azneck1    

Somewhere in Uganda, Kony is smiling.

949 days ago
88.

carla    

Ooops whether not weather

949 days ago
89.

Kevin    

Porn offer from Steve Hirsch in 5,4,3...

949 days ago
90.

Megadeth    

At least he's not as bad as Kony, the children Jason killed were nowhere near an egg yet.

949 days ago
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