Kony 2012: Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell arrested for public drunkenness

3:55 PM, Mar 16, 2012   |    comments
Jason Russell, a co-founder of Invisible Children, circa June 2009. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Jason Russell, one of the co-founders of Invisible Children, makers of last week's viral Kony 2012 video, was detained in Pacific Beach, Calif., on Thursday for being drunk in public and masturbating, according to the San Diego Police Department.

NBCSanDiego.com is reporting that Russell, 33, was found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to Lt. Andra Brown, who said Russell was acting very strange.

Police said they received several calls 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."

NBC News reports that Russell was taken into custody, then taken to a local medical facility.

Russell is one of the founders responsible for the Kony 2012 video that went viral last week. He is described on the organization's website as a co-founder and "our grand storyteller and dreamer."

Invisible Children's CEO Ben Keesey released a statement, according to NBC, 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."


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