Jason Russell, one of Invisible Children's co-founders and the star of
the Kony 2012 campaign, was reportedly taken into custody last weekend
after "drunkenly masturbating" in public.
TMZ reports that Russell was dancing around in San Diego wearing "speedo-like underwear," which he eventually removed to make "sexual gestures." They're also reporting that Russell may be hospitalized for up to 3 days "to determine if he represents a threat to either himself or others."
Invisible Children's CEO Ben Keesey has since released this statement regarding the incident:
"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."
Shortly after, Invisible Children tweeted the above saying it was "some wisdom for your Friday." Jason Russell's Facebook wall, however, isn't looking so good.
5:55 EST: The SDPD will not charge Russell with a crime for yesterday's incident, according to TMZ. (So we've changed our headline to reflect that.)
6:30 EST: TMZ somehow got their hands on video footage. It is horrifying. No wonder the guy's on a 5150 psychiatric hold (warning: blurry nudity ahead so it might be a little NSFW-ish).