KONY 2012: Invisible Children Co-Founder Jason Russell Arrested
1 year ago
Police detained him on charges of public masturbation and vandalism.
The founder of the group behind the "KONY 2012" video has been arrested on charges of public drinking, public masturbation and vandalism.
Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, created the video which was released early last week and has been viewed over 100 million times. The video, which runs for over 30 minutes, details the alleged child atrocities committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The video included himself, his son, Gavin, and a former child soldier from Uganda named Jacob Acaye.
Russell describes himself as a Christian. He is married with two children. He is described on the organization's website as their "grand storyteller and dreamer."
Invisible Children released a statement on Friday about the arrest.
"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."
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This arrest will put doubts in many of the supporters of this movement who have already had to deal with countless amounts of criticism about this film.