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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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91.

James Jackson    

Of course the police didn't charge him. Without the mens rea (mental state) to do the crimes--he was 5150'ed. You will not be able to pin anything real on the guy. Now if he f'ed up your car, you can sue him...torts don't care about 5150s.

919 days ago
92.

nof    

Kony's got people everywhere...


Cross him -


And suddenly you're, you know ...

919 days ago
93.

nof    

Did-you-ever-try-to-stop-but-couldn't p.s.

________________


Being a little different ...


Has almost become a crime ...


In this World.

919 days ago
94.

mackenzie    

Wow he got caught playing with his Kony!!

919 days ago
95.

kelly lowrance    

so what! im sure it might have shocked some people. his actions are not aloud in public, yeah, yeah, yeah, we know, we know! im sure he doesnt remember any of it. so lets give him, his sex crime charge. and go git KONY! i still think this man is, A MAN ABOVE MEN!

919 days ago
96.

mackenzie    

He takes Kony to an entire different level!

919 days ago
97.

Crigger540    

He was just preparing to go after his next warlord: General Buttnaked! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333465/Liberias-General-Butt-Naked-The-evil-man-world.html

919 days ago
98.

Pudding Tang    

Michael Jackson is behind this. He took possession of Jason Russell's one eyed muscle and 'BEAT IT' 'BEAT IT'......JUST 'BEAT IT'

919 days ago
99.

Julian    

People get a grip. All this Kony crap is BS. He only uses 30% of his donations to help Ugandan children, the other 70% goes to "Making videos". Please. Its all a load of Crap. 26 years later everyone tries to save uganda? Watching a youtube video and sharing it on your Facebook doesn't make you activists.

919 days ago
100.

nof    

The alluring thing about glove compartments ...


And I speak from personal experience...


Is that they're all different.

919 days ago
101.

Reigna    

This is so sad!!!! Why don't you look at the RED CROSS' Financial Statements and take a look at the salaries the executive management get. The CEO makes $23 million dollars a year PLUS commission. There is no one on the executive staff that makes less than $5 million a year PLUS bonuses. And NOBODY questions that or how the Red Cross organization actually makes their money. Donations of course and well as blood drives.....where do you think all the blood goes???? The Red Cross sells that blood you donate to third world countries for a profit and half the time its not screened. They leave that to the counties that buy your blood. And yet, the Red Cross acts a if they HAVE such a shortage of blood. Of course they do, BECAUSE they sold it. And yet, Kony 2012 gets such heat because they spent 32% of their donations on salaries and overhead - what do you think they work for free! Its so sad that its taken such a toll on someone who was trying to good in the world.

919 days ago
102.

Txman5    

It's ok guys, their PR guy said he was just putting a nice coat of wax on the cars.

919 days ago
103.

Ekaterina     

I Believe in the dreams so pls don't stop to speak and somebody can heard your voice

919 days ago
104.

Mikey    

Malnutrition?

919 days ago
105.

Mikey    

Did his crew shoot the video of the drunken public masturbation?

That oughta get more than 80 million views.

919 days ago
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