Kony 2012 campaign creator Jason Russell claims his wild naked run down a San Diego street was an out-of-body experience. The incident happened shortly after his 30-minute video of Joseph Kony, and African warlord, went viral on YouTube.
Russell stated that it is really hard for folks who have never had an out-of-body experience to understand the nude scenario which unfolded, Radar Online notes.
The Kony creator had this to say about the incident during an interview with Oprah Winfrey:
“That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that’s not who I am. Just slapping them [hands] 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 video creator maintains that he has only faint recollections of the naked San Diego incident. Police officers were alerted to the nude pavement pounding incident when several 911 callers complained that a man removed his underwear on the city street and was possibly even masturbating outside.
The Kony campaign creator is able to recall walking around and smacking the ground and snapping his fingers up and down. Shortly after the incident Russell’s family released a statement claiming incredible stress brought about by the videographer’s sudden fame was to blame for the bizarre incident.
Jason Russell had this to say about his out-of-body experience:
“I remember, 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. I remember me flipping off cars, with both hands. I remember running around our lemon tree.”
The family’s statement also claims that Jason did not have any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the nude street run. He reportedly had a case of brief reactive psychosis, an acute state reportedly brought on by dehydration, stress, and exhaustion.
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