Kony 2012 filmmaker arrested, hospitalised

Jason Russell’s 30-minute film about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony struck a nerve when it was released online on 5 March (12). The movie was made to promote charity Invisible Children’s upcoming 20 April (12) publicity drive to make Kony so infamous that he’ll no longer be able to avoid capture.

But the campaign has taken a hit following the director’s arrest in San Diego, California.

Father-of-two Russell, who features in the film, was taken in to custody by police on Thursday (15Mar12) following reports of him allegedly masturbating and vandalising cars, according to TMZ.com.

Cops told the local NBC news station that Russell had been transferred to a medical facility for “further evaluation and treatment”.

On Friday (16Mar12), TMZ.com reported Russell had been hospitalised on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities could assess his mental state.

Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children – the charity Russell co-founded, tells the website, “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.”