By Shannon Corrigan
In a recent video of Jason Russell, the creator of the viral "Kony 2012" video, the impact of public criticism is evident, sources report.
Russell, 33, was taken to a mental health facility for observation Thursday after neighbors reported seeing him running naked in the streets of his Pacific Beach neighborhood, pounding his fists on the sidewalk and shouting incoherently, ABC News reports.
According to the police statement the Los Angeles Times reports, police responded to "several callers [who] reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating." When police arrived Russell was wearing his underwear.
Danica Russell said in a statement, reported the Los Angeles Times, that her husband never had and substance abuse or drinking problems, and that what happened Thursday was not a result of either. "Because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal and Jason took them very hard," she said.
Ben Keesey, the chief executive of Invisible Children released a statement Friday saying Russell had been hospitalized. "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition," the statement said, reported the Los Angeles Times. "He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday."