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Russell, Jason

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Jason Russell, 34-year-old co-founder of the Invisible Children organization that created the "Kony 2012" documentary and campaign, made headlines when he appeared on media proprietor and host Oprah Winfrey's show where he admitted having a psychological breakdown and out-of-body experience.

Reports claimed that Russell was vandalizing cars and running around his San Diego, Calif., neighborhood naked. The filmmaker described the experience to Winfrey.

 "There were rumors of masturbation, but no one who was there ever said that that was happening," he said on Winfrey's show Sunday. "I'm naked so it's not a far extension of imagination that that would be happening but, no, I don't remember any of that, and no one we knew there said that I was. I don't remember anything except like a half-second. I don't."

While a video of Russell's naked antics made its way online, the activist and charity worker was taken to a mental health clinic after the episode that he called an "out of body experience." He revealed that the doctors said he underwent a psychotic breakdown.

"I was so confused," Russell admitted to Winfrey. "I thought people were trying to kill me."

However, after some time to reflect, Russell said he believes that he was suffering from stress and pressure after founding his Invisible Children organization in 2003 which was inspired by his travels to Uganda where he witnessed the struggles of children who were trying to avoid being kidnapped by Kony's militia in their villages.

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Russell, Jason

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