SAN DIEGO – The founder of the American organization Invisible Children, who recently released a popular video on a Ugandan rebel leader, was arrested and hospitalized after having acted irrationally and ran into the streets in his underwear , reported a California TV station on Friday.
A police official in San Diego, Lt. Andra Brown said on television that Jason Russell had behaved oddly Thursday. He yelled, screamed and stopped traffic when he was barely dressed.
Police estimated that he needed medical attention and took him to hospital.
Jason Russell is the director and narrator of the video “Kony 2012″, which speaks of rebel leader Joseph Kony, wanted by the International Criminal Court. The video became an Internet phenomenon over the last two weeks and has been seen a million times on YouTube.
The video however drew attention to the strategies and financial practices of Invisible Children.
The organization’s president, Ben Keesey, said in a statement that his colleague had been hospitalized after an unspecified incident.
“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday because of exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition,” says Keesey. “He is receiving medical care and tries to recover. The last two weeks have been particularly difficult for us all, especially for Jason, and this emotional burden has manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. ”
Mr. Keesey said the work of Jason Russell had helped many people and that his colleagues were sorry to see the face of personal problems.