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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Posted March 16, 2012 at 6:12pm ETC by Andy Towle
in KONY 2012, News, San Diego