Kony 2012 Fim Maker Jason Russell's Episode Wasn't Alcohol-Induced, Says Wife

Celebrity News Mar. 17, 2012 AT 12:00PM
Kony 2012 Fim Maker Jason Russell's Episode Wasn't Alcohol-Induced, Says Wife Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC/Getty Images

Jason Russell made headlines Friday when he was taken into police custody for alleged public intoxication and nudity and later hospitalized for dehydration and exhaustion and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

His wife, Danica Russell, who is seen at the beginning of Russell's famous Kony 2012 documentary detailing the plan to take down Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerilla group leader, is offering an inside view at what the documentarian has been going through.

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"We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it," Danica said in a statement to E! News. "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."

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She continued, "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. But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration. On our end -- the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We'll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: stop at nothing."

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Since it's release a few weeks ago, Kony 2012 (a project of Invisible Children) has riled up millions -- 8 million to be exact -- to take down the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) that preys on young children, turning them into militants and sex slaves throughout East Africa.

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