Jason Russell is co-director of the Kony 2012 video which went viral worldwide last week and one of the founders of the now infamous Invisible Children charity.
Russell was seen naked, shouting and ranting in a busy street about the devil, striking the pavement. A local police statement read “several callers reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating.”
“The callers reported the underwear-clad male was in the street, interfering with traffic, screaming, yelling incoherently and pounding his fists on the sidewalk.” continued the police report.
The popularity of the Kony 2012 awareness video and its 82 million views online has led to the Invisible Children charity being scrutinised and criticised for its practices. The pressure on the small group of founders is said to have impacted badly particularly on Russell, whose wife Danica suggested that it came as a result of media criticisms.
He has now been hospitalised in a San Diego psychiatric ward with exhaustion and is said to be released today. He cooperated with police but some reports suggest he may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Russell appeared in a TV last week on the Australian network Channel 9’s Today Show – see the interview below.