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.

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  • 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om17yHZrXtE

    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.

  • 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…

  • 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.