So the ‘Kony 2012’ Guy Was Just Arrested for Being Drunk and Allegedly Masturbating in Public

by 6 years ago

via NBC San Diego:

A co-founder for Invisible Children was detained in Pacific Beach Thursday night for being drunk in public and masturbating, according to San Diego Police Department. Jason 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. Brown said Russell was acting very strange. Police said they received several calls yesterday at 11:30 a.m. of a man in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming. Police described him as “in his underwear.”Several people attempted to calm him down and when officers arrived they said he was cooperative.

Story developing. 11:30 AM is awfully early to be drunk in public, so we can't wait to hear more about this. Regardless, pretty big slap in the face for the trajectory of the Kony 2012 campaign. No word on if a documentary is in the works.

UPDATE 5:20: More details, via TMZ:

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.

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.

UPDATE 5:25: Invisible Children just released this 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.

UPDATE 6:35 PM: There's video now of the incident. Watch it here.


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