Invisible Children Founder and 'Kony 2012' Filmmaker Jason Russell Detained For Public Masturbation
The San Diego NBC affiliate is reporting that Jason Russell, a founder of Invisible Children and narrator of the viral video, Kony 2012, has been detained for a string bizarre behavior that includes public masturbation and vandalizing cars in Pacific Beach, Calif.:
Police described Russell as "in his underwear." He allegedly took off his underwear at one point, but it was back on by the time officers arrived, said police.
Several people attempted to calm him down and when officers arrived police said he was cooperative.
"He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him," said an SDPD spokesperson. "We determined that medical treatment was a better course of action than arrest."
Russell was taken to a medical center after the incident.
Invisible Children, according to NBC San Diego, released the following statement through its CEO, Ben Keesey:
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.