Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell, a cofounder of the group behind the “Kony 2012” video, “did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration,” his wife said Friday night, a day after he was detained over reports of a man masturbating and acting strangely, NBC News reported. Danica Russell, in a family statement obtained by NBC News, suggested sudden attention and criticism of the film about African warlord Joseph Kony, may have led to her husband’s behavior.
Brown said police responded to reports in the Pacific Beach area of a man in his underwear, running in the street and screaming. Some people reported they had seen the man masturbating, Brown told msnbc.com.
The man was detained by officers and then taken to a local medical facility for evaluation and treatment, Brown told msnbc.com.
Russell is one of the founders responsible for the “KONY 2012″ video that went viral last week. He is described on the organization’s website as a co-founder and “our grand storyteller and dreamer.” Russell is also described as a Christian and father to two children who wants to have nine more children with his wife he calls his “best friend for over 23 years.” Invisible Children tapped 12 influential policy makers and 20 celebrities with popular Twitter accounts, including Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie, to spread the video.