The filmmaker behind the controversial Kony 2012 viral film campaign was detained in Pacific Beach, Calif., on Thursday after being found drunk and performing a sex act in public, NBC San Diego is reporting.
The San Diego police department told the TV station Jason Russell, 33, was possibly under the influence of a substance when he was found vandalizing cars and masturbating.
Mr. Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, was acting strange and running through traffic in his underwear.
Jason Russell’s 30-minute video, now viewed 76 million times on YouTube, highlights the atrocities perpetrated by Kony, head of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group that once terrorized northern Uganda.
Funded by the San Diego-based charity Invisible Children, the film tells the story of a former child soldier named Jacob and then issues a call to action to viewers to help “make Joseph Kony famous.”
Although the film has raised more than $5-million and won the backing of millions of people, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Rihanna, the charity behind the project has faced criticism over their message, methods and financial transparency.
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