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Kony video-maker detained for public drunkenness, masturbation

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Jason Russell (AP file)

The man behind the “Kony 2012” video that went viral last week was detained by police for troubling behavior on a California Beach, NBC San Diego reported.

Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, San Diego police say, was caught Thursday night masturbating, vandalizing cars and acting under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.

Russell, 33, is a married father of two and a Christian.

Update from TMZ: Ben Keesey, the Invisible Children CEO has released a statement saying,  “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.”

Along with others at Invisible Children, Russell had recently spoken out to defend his organization and the viral video against criticism that they misrepresent conditions in Uganda. He was on the Today show a week ago.

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Kate Shellnutt

3 Responses

  1. Judge Njury says:

    And now the President of Uganda responds saying Kony hasn’t been in the country for 6 years. Eactly where do all these Obama supporters suggest our president send troops?

  2. Dr. Phil says:

    Let’s give the guy a break. Who among us, after a week of pressure on the job, has not had the urge to vandalize a few cars and masturbate in public?

  3. Dave Axelrod says:

    Let’s see, he is married, he is a father, he is a Christian …. do you happen to know if he votes Democrat or Republican?