Kony 2012 Head Jason Russell Put on Psychiatric Hold After Being Arrested

Celebrity News Mar. 16, 2012 AT 6:44PM
Kony 2012 Head Jason Russell Put on Psychiatric Hold After Being Arrested Credit: Getty

Jason Russell's campaign to take down Ugandan guerilla group leader Joseph Kony has riled up millions of people over the last two weeks, but his actions in San Diego Thursday probably won't warrant the same reaction.

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The Kony 2012 film maker was taken into police custody after the San Diego police department received calls reporting a naked man who appeared to be under the influence of some kind of substance.

Sources told TMZ Thursday that "Russell was dancing around the Intersection of Ingraham and Riviera wearing 'speedo-like underwear'...and eventually removed the underwear and began to make sexual gestures."

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On Friday, a statement was released by Russell's Invisible Children CEO, Ben Keessey, just before Russell was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, where he will stay on for up to three days until authorities can determine if he's a threat to himself or others.

"Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition," Keesey tells TMZ. "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."

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"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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