After being the talk of  the internet last week for his film and charity Invisible Children, Jason Russell is once again garnering  headlines. Only this time, it’s not for shining a spotlight on a war criminal.

According to the San Diego Police Department, Russell was detained Thursday for public drunkenness and masturbation.

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NBC San Diego reports:

Jason Russell, 33,  was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to SDPD. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road.

SDPD said Russell was acting very strange.

“Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested,” a police spokesperson said at a press conference. “During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying.”

Police said they received several calls Thursday at 11:30 a.m. of a man in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming.

When police arrived, Russell was in his underwear. Because of his bazaar behavior, police felt the best course of action was to take Russell to the hospital instead of arrest him.

Invisible Children issued a statement on Friday saying Russell had been hospitalized for exhaustion, dehydration, and was receiving treatment.

  • Carol

    I imagine it’s difficult to dedicate your life to a cause, work tirelessly to bring attention to it, and finally think your issue is going to get its moment in the spotlight, only to have a bunch of non-participating naysayers attempt to destroy your work with their negativity.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole incident hasn’t been incredibly disillusioning for him and the entire KONY 2012 team.

    Maybe this guy is really a charlatan, but if he isn’t, I truly hope for a quick recovery for him and his family.

  • Dalili

    I agree @Carol. My heart was so heavy when I read this story. I wish him the best too.

  • Carol

    In addition, I’m rather saddened by the tone of this article, which seems almost glad this guy is getting raked over the coals by the media. I, of course, acknowledge that I may be reading into it wrong, but that’s how it comes off… without an ounce of sympathy for this man.

    As a side note, I’ve been a reader of clutch for a long time, but the articles are becoming increasingly off-putting. I am a black woman, and I really like the idea of having an online magazine/blog that touches on issues related to my race/ethnicity; but too often I find the site limiting and negative. If I were a writer I would attempt to contribute, but since I’m not, I’ll just say I wish this wasn’t so.

  • African Mami

    I just saw this on yahoo news!!! This is, I have to agree with Carol incredibly sad!!!! I am not in support of the KONY video, as it is all propaganda, cannot tell me any different, however that does not mean that I do not have human feelings in regards to this situation….wish him a quick recovery and all the best-so long as it is NOT propaganda.

  • AfroStyling

    I have absolutely no sympathy at all. you really cant make this shit up.

  • improvement movement

    I have no sympathy for this man whatsoever nor did I ever trust his intentions. The truth will always come to light.

  • Clutch

    What tone? We are reporting the news. No opinion or tone is in the post.

    The only thing the author stated was —- “After being the talk of the internet last week for his film and charity Invisible Children, Jason Russell is once again garnering headlines. Only this time, it’s not for shining a spotlight on a war criminal.

    According to the San Diego Police Department, Russell was detained Thursday for public drunkenness and masturbation.”


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  • Mistress_Scorpio

    Checking out the first video at this link, it’s no wonder I got a distinct exploitive vibe from the whole IC/KONY 2012 hype.

  • Mel

    “…hospitalized for exhaustion, dehydration, and was receiving treatment.” This is code for he lost his mind and needs serious help. How does something like this happen to someone attempting to complete some sort of good task for the world? I wish him only the best. =/

  • The Taker

    That’s not drunkeness, that’s mental illness. You would go berserk to if everybody was accusing you of fraud, when in reality, you just wanted to help save those who are greatly unfortunate. I’m not saying I agree with KONY 2012, but I see the good intentions behind it.

  • Pseudonym

    So true and so sad. His campaign- with both its strengths and weaknesses- was his life’s work. While people have the right to disagree with his methods, he may be a well-meaning guy. The backlash/crucifixion was extreme.

  • apple

    damn he went down fast

  • Grant

    he was doing PCP or gettin wet!

  • Shania111

    I don’t see any problem with this article. Is it wrong for the millions of people retweeting and posting about KONY2012 to now know about the character of the filmmaker? It’s information; I’m glad to know it. He is all the way public now and his character is up for debate. No one cuts President Obama any breaks – he can’t even go on vacation with his family without criticism. So yeah, knowing that the guy collecting $40 each from millions of people actually is a drug user and a pervert…I think that’s important. The question is – do you really care to know or are you just happy to jump on another bandwagon and see another “savior” sweep in and save brown skinned people?

  • QoNewC

    This movement should survive if it was about the Uganda people and not him. This is a test for the supporters of the movement.

  • mamareese

    I imagine with all he has seen there proably is some mental fatigue or issues. But dang dude whipping it out….wow. Feel bad for his cause this will surely having people pulling out….no pun intended.

  • Yesmama

    I am very much against the Kony 2012 campaign, but can’t help but feel very sad for him–if this is true, there’s not doubt that this must be a difficult time for him. I also feel afraid that vilifying him may reduce people’s criticisms about the campaign to his personal flaws instead of keeping the spotlight on the real ethical and political issues of the campaign.

  • tk

    #HORNY2012 Lol!

  • modern lady

    IKR? Same thing happened to Martin Lawrence when he was running through the streets of LA-they didn’t say he was exhausted-dude just str8 flipped out. It can happen-I guess. But, why do people always get naked when they have a breakdown? Odd.

  • iQgraphics

    is it okay to have sympathy for a patsy?

    Do you have sympathy for Lee Harvey Oswald?


  • The last laugh

    At first I felt sorry for him, then I saw the meltdown video and couldn’t contain my laughter, then I watched this video:

    And now I’m glad he and his undercover christian movement failed. He was not interested in helping the people of Uganda. He was interested in lining his pockets, getting famous and spreading christianity.

    Nothing against Christians but…um…karma speaks for itself.

  • toya arewa

    He’s currently “receiving treatment” for the things he was saying??? Give me a break, wake up and remember where we have seen this EXACT scenario play out before and oh my, how appropriate for this to happen now. Please understand that Russell, like many others who came before him is being SHUT DOWN and SILENCED in a very PUBLIC manner. This is nothing more than a manufactured orchestrated mess.

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  • CocoPuffs

    Ok, you know what…? PEOPLE. ARE. TOO. JUDGE. MENTAL.

    That’s it. The guy goes out his way to bring awareness to Joseph Kony and educate many about the cause, and now everyone wants to chastise his character because he was drunk and horny one night. Big whop! We’re all only human, and we all have our low points and points of embarrassment and bad choices. This was one of his…

    Comparing his alcohol-influenced behavior to his humanitarianism is irrelevant to me. I can be an activist and party hard sometimes if I want. It’s not like he’s a politician, he is just another citizen who cares….I don’t understand why y’all are looking at him like a classic trife because of this…

  • gryph

    i don’t know if i’d put this on the ‘non-participating naysayers’ i think he was under a lot of pressure from a number of sources. i do doubt the sincerity of the stopkony campaingn, but his meltdown doesn’t help central africa at all. the us leaving that situation alone though just might.

  • Govna

    No sympathy.
    This guy is apart of an agenda. An agenda that wants to continue to invade Africa and deplete it of its resources.

    Problem is, many have bought into the stigma that Africa is a savage and uncivilized place. So it’s easy for ya’ll to think that “oh this man was just trying to help”. Chile… he gets paid $90k a year to make films. This wasn’t done on his own volition. Not to mention how he portrayed Ugandan’s as helpless defenseless people. They’ve been on the frontlines for YEARS.

    Not a single sympathetic thought shall be given.

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