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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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106.

fargone    

What's wrong with masturbation? It's cheap, clean, safe and satisfying...You cab be standing, sitting or lying down, right or left handed and it's sex with somebody you love. Can't "beat" that!

918 days ago
107.

Fat Mike    

He should be registered as a sex offender. Did any children witness his act of self love?
Freak!!!

918 days ago
108.

remy    

i knew he was insane when he said he wanted 9 more kids

918 days ago
109.

Jason     

A guys got to celebrate after a job well done. Give him break.

918 days ago
110.

rosa    

LOL are you serious, dehydration, malnutrition & exhaustion make you take your close off & masturbate in public. How does he have the energy if he was that bad off. Ghandi was I'm sure all the above things but he didn't act like an ass. All these great scholars who have change our lives didn't run around acting like fools LMAO

918 days ago
111.

kreekree    

I guess you could say he was just making some invisible children.

918 days ago
112.

Lauri    

I'm skeptical the guy was actually masturbating. I'll bet what he was doing was the same thing sports players do when they grab their junk. Men can't seem to keep their hands off themselves. Doesn't make it masturbating but calling it that makes the story more interesting. It's unfortunate he couldn't handle all the scrutiny but I'm not sure I would do much better.

918 days ago
113.

kevin    

This just keeps getting weirder. I would expect more from someone who is touting social responsibility and the importance of taking a stand. I saw a picture of Russell holding a weapon and posing with army forces in Uganda. It seemed to be in extremely poor taste. And now this leads me to believe these people really don't know what they're doing. There are a lot of people who are drunk and tired, yet don't engage in this kind of behavior. The bottom line is he is not stable and neither is the cause he supports.

918 days ago
114.

Phreaky    

Exhaustion2012 = Exhaustion is the biggest epidemic in California right now. It must be behind thousands of hospital admissions. Please donate today to help us fight against Exhaustion before it causes another hospital/rehab admission.

918 days ago
115.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Was doing it TO the cars ? Yep that's one eff-up crack-headed whack job.


Or did that Kony freak put some kind of MOJO on him ?

918 days ago
116.

TheEric    

whenever i'm suffering from 'exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition', i always strip in an intersection and beat off...that's not normal?

918 days ago
117.

Jacqueline Diana    

So unfortunate! Saw the Kony 2012 video. Can't help thinking of his son.

918 days ago
118.

Alan Stott    

Susan Boyle had a mental breakdown when she shot to fame.

918 days ago
119.

David    

I know Jason and the other filmmakers. They have been trying to call attention to Kony and his brutality for over ten years - no one is raking in millions of dollars, the feds would not let them stand as a nonprofit if that were the case. Jason's behavior is a separate issue, and I guess the stress made him melt down. I am not condoning it, in fact I totally get why there would now be reluctance to support his cause - it's embarrassing and shows a lack of character. But maybe now he can get the help he needs.

918 days ago
120.

mj    

What no pics of that? He probably got confused about which California city starting with "San" he was in.

On a serious note, this is the guy who is worried about children....

Count me out

918 days ago
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