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Jason Russell: Somber scene at Invisible Children offices

March 16, 2012 |  7:27 pm

Jason Russell

The scene was somber Friday at the Invisible Children headquarters in San Diego after its leader was involved in a bizarre incident involving police.
Security guards blocked the entrance to the office. Workers could be seen removing black-and-red "Kony 2012" banners from inside the lobby. The large banners helped identify the building as the nonprofit organization's headquarters.

People could be seen inside talking on cellphones. Some were crying.

San Diego police said they don't expect to ask for any criminal charges to be filed against Jason Russell, the Invisible Children filmmaker behind the viral "Kony 2012" video.

Russell was dressed only in underwear, darting in and out of traffic in Pacific Beach, when officers spotted him acting oddly Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Police said some callers reported that Russell was naked and touching himself.

Russell was cooperative and "no problem for the Police Department," Lt. Andra Brown said. Officers took him to a mental health facility because they worried that he posed a danger to himself or others.

A New York-based public relations firm released a statement from the organization's chief executive, Ben Keesey, acknowledging that Russell had been hospitalized.

"Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition," the statement said. "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."

The organization skyrocketed to fame when the 29-minute video went viral. It has been viewed 80 million times on YouTube.

The video about African militia leader Joseph Kony provoked a worldwide outcry about violence and the use of child soldiers.


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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Jason Russell in 2010. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego