(WARNING: the above video is graphic and not suitable for children.)
After Jason Russell, co-founder of the advocacy charity Invisible Children, was detained by San Diego police at 11:30 am Thursday morning for reportedly masturbating in public, TMZ posted graphic video of his alleged breakdown.
While it's not confirmed that the naked man in the video is actually Russell, TMZ reports witnesses claim to have seen him running around naked and making sexual gestures. The cofounder is now under a psychiatric hold until authorities can determine if he's a risk to himself and others.
Invisible Children's CEO Ben Keesey released a statement, saying the incident was caused by emotional stress.
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.
TMZ also reports Russell was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and that authorities say he was vandalizing cars.
Russel created the 30-minute video "Kony 2012" that received nearly 100 millions views, in the hopes of inspiring the capture of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. The organization, however, was quickly met with criticism for their spending practices.
Some wisdom for your Friday twitter.com/Invisible/stat…— Invisible Children(@Invisible) March 16, 2012