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Co-founder of group behind 'Kony 2012' video hospitalized

A co-founder of the Invisible Children charity behind the "Kony 2012" viral video was detained by police in California and hospitalized after running through streets in his underwear and acting irrationally.
Jason Russell, co-founder of the group Invisible Children and director of the "Kony 2012" viral video campaign, poses in New York on March 9, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

A co-founder of the Invisible Children charity behind the Kony 2012 viral video was detained by police in California and hospitalized after running through streets in his underwear and acting irrationally.

San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown tells NBC San Diego that Jason Russell was behaving strangely Thursday, screaming, yelling and interfering with traffic while in various states of undress.

Brown says police decided he needed medical attention.

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey says Russell was hospitalized for exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition. Keesey says recent severe emotional toll manifested itself in "an unfortunate" incident.

Russell narrates the Kony 2012 video about wanted African warlord Joseph Kony, which became an internet sensation this month. It has been viewed more than 80 million times on YouTube.

The video has also brought scrutiny of Invisible Children's strategy and financial practices.

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