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Jason Russell behind 'Kony 2012' arrested – for masturbating in public

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/03/16 22:17:06

NBC San Diego is reporting that Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, the advocacy group behind the"Kony 2012" viral video, was detained at 11:30 am on Thursday morning for allegedly masturbating in public.

TMZ reported Friday afternoon that law enforcement officials don't plan to bring charges against Russell.

According to TMZ, Russell was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Police also told TMZ that he was vandalizing cars.

Scroll down for video of alleged incident. WARNING: Video provided by TMZ contains nudity.

In a statement posted online, Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children, said: "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."

Scroll down for Keesey's full statement.

Russell created the 30-minute film featuring himself, his son, Gavin, and a former child soldier from Uganda named Jacob. Last week, the film received millions of views and rocketed Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, to fame. However, many were quick to respond with criticisms of the film and the organization's spending practices.

Jason Russell is described on the organization's website as a "grand storyteller and dreamer" who dreams of "redefining the concept of humanitarian work" and having "nine more children" with his wife.

A phone call to the San Diego Police Department department had not been returned at the time of publication, and the phone line at Invisible Children was not operating.

"Kony 2012" has received nearly 100 million views on Vimeo and YouTube.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Read more from NBC San Diego.

Updated 6:25 p.m. EDT:

Full statement from Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children:

Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. 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.

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  • justnotsaying (: 2012/03/17 19:36:43
    justnotsaying (:
    +1
    Maybe he finally realized, that things will never change, no matter how much good he thought he was doing, and just went mad.
  • Jiorgia 2012/03/17 13:59:27
    Jiorgia
    +1
    an erection was a personal health issue?
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/03/17 09:55:18
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Well, all I can say is.... if he's THAT stupid, he deserves to get arrested!!!
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/03/17 04:23:08
    Mark In Irvine
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    OMG - it looks like his nuts hanging down between his legs ... i'm shocked - i haven't seen anything like that since ... this morning, when i was getting ready for work ... yawn! he didn't look like he was choking the chicken, though ...
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/03/17 04:21:13
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    dumb, stupid ...
  • The Aging Yankee Liberal Do... 2012/03/17 02:36:04
    The Aging Yankee Liberal Douche
    +1
    okay that's just awkward but this doesnt make him a bad guy... he should of just waited until he got home and he didnt... i do agree that kony should be stopped this guy is horrible
  • Kashee 2012/03/17 02:35:24
    Kashee
    +1
    that's disgusting
  • Simeon~thegayliberal 2012/03/17 00:06:16
    Simeon~thegayliberal
    +2
    Wow, that's going to do wonders for their cause...
  • Mark In... Simeon~... 2012/03/17 04:26:21
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    nosh hit!
  • JoshuaHarper 2012/03/17 00:06:02
    JoshuaHarper
    +1
    What a stupid reason to be arrested for. The law just doesn't make sense sometimes…
  • cinbadl 2012/03/16 23:55:22
  • ☆Snapefangirl☆ 2012/03/16 23:14:22
    ☆Snapefangirl☆
    +1
    That's just disgusting.
  • Beautiful_Syn 2012/03/16 22:32:17
    Beautiful_Syn
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    I don't know rather to believe that is the reason he was arrested or not, since Kony 2012 has came out he and the other founder have been under fire from both sides.
  • Beccy 2012/03/16 22:21:37
    Beccy
    +1
    Why are these people anywhere near children?
  • Mark In... Beccy 2012/03/17 04:27:10
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    i've got news for you: we're ALL naked under our clothes ... what is the big deal?

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