KONY 2012 founder JASON RUSSELL finally spoke out about his controversial naked meltdown and claimed it was not him, during an interview on “OPRAH‘s Next Chapter.”
As you may very well remember, much of Hollywood and the world was shocked to see Jason Russell suffering a very public meltdown last March after convincing millions of people and celebrities to support the prosecution of Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony, with his Invisible Children viral video.
But in a soon-to-be aired interview with Oprah Winfrey on her show, “Next Chapter,” Russell revealed that he wasn’t fully conscious of what he was doing at the time—like stripping naked, running after cars and smashing concrete—before he was placed on a psychiatric hold.
In the released interview excerpt, Jason recalled:
“I remember me flipping off cars. With both hands. I remember that just like ‘doot,’ just like a little memory. I remember running around our lemon tree.”
Oprah then asked if there were reports that he was breaking into random cars, to which Russell admitted:
“There are reports. I mean I think I was stopping cars in the street. People said I was laying in the street – it’s a busy street – I was laying in the street.”
When the topic of how he got naked (he was just in his robe, which he later took off in the middle of his meltdown) was brought up, Jason insisted:
“Again, it’s really hard to explain if people who have never had an out-of-body experience, but it really wasn’t me. That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that’s not who I am.”
“[I remember] walking around snapping my fingers up and down … slapping my hands on the ground as hard as I can. Just slapping them on the ground. Talking to myself. Ranting. Raving. Talking about good versus evil, God and the devil. I mean it was just very out of control.”
The CEO of Russell‘s non-profit Invisible Children organization, Ben Keesey, previously stated that Russell was simply “suffering exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.”
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