Kony 2012/Invisible Children Leader Detained for Public Masturbation, Vandalizing Cars

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Kony 2012/Invisible Children Leader Detained for Public Masturbation, Vandalizing Cars

"Acting very strange."

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Kony 2012's Jason Russell

The mastermind behind the viral phenomenom "Kony 2012" video was detained last night in San Diego, California for being drunk in public, vandalizing cars and public masturbation.

Jason Russell was "acting very strange" when he was picked up by the San Diego police.

Russell is the filmmaker and lead narrator of "Kony 2012" which also features his young son.

Russell is the co-founder of Invisible Children, the group which produced the video which has set records on the Internet -- with more than 80 million views over the past 10 days.

Jason Russell is an evangelical Christian and has been affiliated with Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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UPDATE: In a statement, Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said:

“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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NBC San Diego reports:

Invisible Children Co-Founder Detained: SDPD

SDPD said he was found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possible under the influence of something

A co-founder for Invisible Children was detained in Pacific Beach Thursday night for being drunk in public and masturbating, according to San Diego Police Department.

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.

Russell is one of the 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." Russell is also described as a Christian and father to two children who wants to have nine more children with his wife he calls his "best friend for over 23 years."

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Liberty University wrote of Jason Russell's appearance at their 2011 Convocation:

On November 7, 2011 at Convocation, North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Jason Russell, co-founder of the Invisible Children movement and Alex Harris, author of "Do Hard Things" and "Start Here," participated in a panel, moderated by Vice-President of Liberty University and Campus Pastor, Johnnie Moore, about making a difference in the world. Students were able to text questions to the speakers about what motivated them to start their organizations, challenges to the millennial generation in impacting the world for Christ and how they can start making a difference in the world.

Invisible Children, uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. They make documentaries, tour them around the world, and lobby our nation's leaders to make ending this war a priority.

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RELATED: London's "10 O'Clock Live's" Charlie Brooker explains everything you should know about the 'phenomenon' of Invisible Children's Video Kony 2012 and the people behind it.

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