Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell’s wife Danica is blaming her husband’s “irrational” naked public meltdown on “extreme exhaustion and dehydration.”
NOT alcohol, stunningly.
Danica Russell issued a statement addressing Jason Russell’s naked freak-out, which allegedly included vandalizing cars and masturbating in public:
“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.”
NOTE: Wouldn’t you want to blame it on one or the other? Just to explain it away as a one-time thing, however embarrassing, and move on?
“But yes, he did irrational things brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.”
The filmmaker’s wife said the scrutiny Jason Russell received after his now-infamous film about alleged warlord Joseph Kony went viral took a toll on him.
“While the attention raised awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought much attention to Jason – and, because of how personal the [Kony 2012] film is, many attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard.”
Russell allegedly was walking around an intersection wearing “speedo-like underwear.” He then removed the underwear and made “sexual gestures.”
Several bystanders held Russell down until police arrived.
Police said they had received several calls about disruptions by an unidentified male, apparently Russell, though they did not publicly identify him.
“Several callers reported the male was wearing only underwear and running into the street,” said the statement released by San Diego police.
“One caller reported that the male had removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating, but that was not confirmed by responding officers.”
“The callers reported the underwear-clad male was in the street, interfering with traffic, screaming, yelling incoherently and pounding his fists on the sidewalk. Several people tried to calm the male but he continued to act in a bizarre, irrational manner.”
No charges were pending against the man, police said.