#StopKONY Filmmaker Detained For Masturbating in Public

jason-300x200.jpgThe campaign is dead, right?

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via Colorlines.com


Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, the group that shot to worldwide fame for its #StopKony campaign, has been detained by San Diego police, reports NBC.

From NBC San Diego:

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.”

Invisible Children’s CEO Ben Keesey released a statement shortly after this arrest, NBC reported:

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.

Read more as Jamilah King explains the brilliance behind, and problems with, the controversial campaign. It’s likely Russell’s arrest will complicate Invisible Children’s mission further.

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