The apparent psychological troubles of Jason Russell — the filmmaker responsible for the widely circulated viral video Kony 2012 — were captured on film, with Russell ranting to himself as he walked naked down a street in San Diego.
TMZ obtained the blurry video of Russell’s meltdown, which shows the 33-year-old human rights advocate completely naked and engaging in puzzling behavior: shouting expletives, clapping to himself, making sexual gestures and pacing feverishly up and down the street. Russell was not arrested but has been placed on involuntary psychiatric hold in California. Watch the censored but still NSFW video here:
EW received a statement from Russell’s wife regarding her husband, which was also posted on the blog for Invisible Children, the advocacy group that the documentarian founded in order to bring awareness to Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony’s mistreatment of children:
“Thank you to everyone concerned with Jason and his health. Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading up to KONY 2012. 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.
Let us say up front- that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things. But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion. 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.”