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Jason Russell Detained, Video of Strange Incident Appears


Joseph Kony

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On Friday it was reported that Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, was detained by police for some strange behavior in the streets of San Diego earlier in the week.

Russell, who is also the filmmaker behind the viral KONY 2012 video, was allegedly drunk and masturbating in public.


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He was also accused of vandalizing cars and was possibly being under the influence of “something,” NBC San Diego reports.

If that’s not bad enough, TMZ published a video reportedly of Russell in the middle of the incident that occurred Thursday afternoon.

The man in the video can be seen standing on the sidewalk naked, pounding the pavement repeatedly with his bare hands.

TMZ also reported that Russell, 33, was dancing around an intersection in “speedo-like underwear” and allegedly made sexual gestures.

Not good for the movement that gained national attention with the video that now has more than 81 million views on YouTube.

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey released a statement following the reports, saying Russell was being hospitalized and “suffered from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition,” because of the emotional toll the past two weeks had on his life.

It was also reported that San Diego Police don’t plan on charging Russell with any crimes.

Russell’s wife also released a statement saying, “Let us say up front that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem,” echoing the comments from Keesey that the strange incident was brought on by exhaustion.

The man behind the 29-minute viral video apparently goes by the nickname “Radical,” according to his bio on the Invisible Children website. He is also considered a “grand storyteller and dreamer,” the website says.

The video focuses its attention on Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who is accused of forcing children into being sex slaves and using them to fight against Ugandan’s government.

“KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice,” reads the caption in the video.

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