`Kony 2012′ filmmaker detained for alleged public indecency
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A political activist who created a documentary that has exploded into an Internet sensation over the last week and a half was under medical supervision today following his arrest for an allegedly lewd, bizarre public outburst in Pacific Beach, according to his fellow human-right advocates.
San Diego police detained “Kony 2012” creator Jason Russell about midday Thursday, after he allegedly exposed and fondled himself while running and screaming in various stages of undress near the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road.
Russell, 33, whose recently released expose on African warlord Joseph Kony quickly became one of the most viral online videos ever, was cooperative with officers as they took him into custody. He was taken to a medical facility for an evaluation and was not expected to face charges, according to police.
A statement from Invisible Children, the San Diego-based agency that produced the film, asserted that Russell's behavior stemmed from stress-related “exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition.”
“He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better,” the organization stated. “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.”
Since its online release March 5, “Kony 2012” has brought a massive amount of sympathy for the plight of Ugandan children, who for more than two decades have been forced by warlord Joseph Kony into militia service or sex slavery. The half-hour documentary reportedly has garnered more than 96 million views.
It also has spurred criticism of Invisible Children, which has been accused of having questionable financial practices. The organization has been trying to raise attention about problems in Africa for about eight years.