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Man Who Co-Founded Group Behind 'KONY 2012' Campaign Detained for Masturbating in Public: VIDEO

The co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behing the KONY 2012 video and campaign, was detained today for masturbating, removing his underwear, and "acting very strange" in public, NBC San Diego reports:

Jason_russellJason Russell, 33,  was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to Lt. Andra Brown. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road...

"Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested," she said at a press conference. "During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying."

Invisible Children's CEO released a statement:

“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.”

The group has been under close scrutiny since its KONY 2012 video went viral, including questions about its funding, some of which which was revealed to come from anti-gay Christian fundamentalist groups.

Watch SDPD Lt. Andra Brown discuss the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Gay

    Posted by: jmg | Mar 16, 2012 6:19:13 PM

  2. Timing! Is everything!

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER | Mar 16, 2012 6:25:03 PM

  3. Where's the video? This guy is hot!

    Posted by: dj | Mar 16, 2012 6:38:39 PM

  4. Clearly this dude has some sort of personality disorder. Insane in the membrane just about covers it.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 16, 2012 6:41:58 PM

  5. I guess he found something that was not extremely difficult to masturbate to.


    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 16, 2012 6:42:48 PM

  6. You can't make this sh*t up...LOL...just another fraud. Probably a skinner to boot.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 16, 2012 6:43:10 PM

  7. Christian gets caught doing something disgusting, stupid, and illegal. Typical.

    Posted by: Sarm | Mar 16, 2012 6:44:46 PM

  8. By the way, he probably wouldn't be quite so exhausted and dehydrated if he wasn't spending all day drinking and masturbating. Not that I would know anything about that... just a guess.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 16, 2012 6:51:00 PM

  9. "masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something"

    He should move to Los Angeles... In LA they'd give him his own reality tv show.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 16, 2012 6:52:32 PM

  10. Hahahahahahahahaha! Drinking and masturbating is indeed thirsty work.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 16, 2012 6:53:31 PM

  11. Cute guys never masturbate in public when I'm around. :(

    Posted by: DAVID | Mar 16, 2012 7:00:04 PM

  12. A skinner?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Mar 16, 2012 7:06:17 PM

  13. You ask and you shall receive:


    You can see his butt at least.

    Posted by: andypharmer | Mar 16, 2012 7:12:51 PM

  14. He looks haggard for 33. Not bad, but he needs to give up meth.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 16, 2012 7:15:08 PM

  15. I am not the Jason in the article. I'm another passionate Jason, but I know my limits. Too much passion can kill you if you let it get in the way of your normal daily functioning. Not eating, not sleeping, a decline in your immune system...these are all consequences of dysfunctional passion.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 16, 2012 7:19:42 PM

  16. nervous breakdown

    I presume he is a closet case + all the scrutiny now

    Posted by: say what | Mar 16, 2012 7:28:48 PM

  17. If that video is the real deal, that's some pretty bizarre masturbating technique. Not that I haven't had some bizarre ways of going about it myself ... but never out on the street.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 16, 2012 7:32:21 PM

  18. Definitely looks like a manic episode triggered by a drug of some type (meth?) The statement makes it sound like he has been dealing with an ongoing issue of some type. Hope he gets well for his kids sake.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 16, 2012 7:39:23 PM

  19. "suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition."

    Geez, dude, take a break once in while, you are going to chafe too.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Mar 16, 2012 7:53:48 PM

  20. He's probably bipolar and had a manic episode, which would explain his behavior.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 16, 2012 7:55:17 PM

  21. Even a cop can tell that what he was doing was not masturbating. If he was, that would be one way to hurt yourself.

    Posted by: Dale | Mar 16, 2012 8:17:42 PM

  22. Tmz just posted a clip of him naked and pounding his fist on the sidewalk. Very odd to say the least.

    Posted by: justandra | Mar 16, 2012 8:43:42 PM

  23. Nobody choose to have a public meltdown, the cause IS GOOD, i'm sad to see the retarded messages you people post

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 16, 2012 8:56:41 PM

  24. @Mark - You do realize this group has questionable ties to Evangelicals who stoked the kill the gays legislation in Uganda, right? You also realize that for someone who believes in good causes, you just used a pejorative term for those who are intellectually challenged?

    On another note, why wasn't he arrested? Had that been a gay or bi guy in a park, you bet your ass, he would be arrested!

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Mar 16, 2012 9:17:46 PM

  25. I'm sorry but their is something about him that screams bisexual. I thought this while watching the Koni 2012 video on YouTube. This could be a public meltdown, but more often then not this type of behavior is associated with a hallucinogenic drug, an illegal drug, or bad mix of prescription meds. I would have gone with his friends bet him to make an ass out of himself, but the masturbation in public rules that option out. He may be in the closet, but regardless he needs to seek treatment for whatever it is that ails him.

    Posted by: Javier | Mar 16, 2012 9:32:17 PM

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