Wife of 'Kony' Video Maker: Exhaustion Led to Meltdown

Jason Russell wasn't on drugs or booze, says family
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2012 11:05 AM CDT
Wife of 'Kony' Video Maker: Exhaustion Led to Meltdown
WASHINGTON - JUNE 23: Jason Russell, a co-founder of Invisible Children, speaks at the Invisible Children's 'How It Ends' rally at The Ellipse on June 23, 2009 in Washington DC.   (Getty Images)

The man who created the viral Kony 2012 video will be out of the public spotlight for the foreseeable future after his very public meltdown, says his family. Jason Russell's wife denies that alcohol or drugs set off Russell yesterday, when he was detained after running naked through his San Diego neighborhood, screaming and disrupting traffic. He "did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration," says his wife, Danica, according to AP. (Unfortunately for Russell, TMZ has video.)

"We thought a few thousand people would see the (Kony) film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it," says her statement. "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." The 33-year-old co-founder of Invisible Children remains hospitalized. (Read more Invisible Children stories.)

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