Jason Russell who was running around naked and screaming in his neighborhood on Thursday, March 15 was not under substance influence, his wife insisted.
The footage of "KONY 2012" director on a very public meltdown has emerged online along with his wife's statement that it was not drugs. Jason Russell was caught on a home video running naked in the streets of the Pacific Beach neighborhood, masturbating, screaming incoherently and pounding the pavement with his fists.
Danica Russell blamed the media attention that surrounded her husband in the wake of "KONY 2012" release. In a statement released Friday, March 16, Danice said Jason "did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration."
She added, "We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason -- and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard."
A mini documentary, "KONY 2012" is the story of African militia leader Joseph Kony who created an army out of hundreds of thousands of kidnapped children. The footage received more than 80 million views in a few weeks, but critics say it misstated the facts about the current level of violence in Uganda, Kony's current whereabouts and the strength of his militia forces.
Jason was detained by San Diego Police Department after neighbors reported his bizarre behavior. He was taken to a local hospital for a check-up. "On our end, the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We'll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: stop at nothing," the family's statement concluded.