A documentary maker who was filmed naked, screaming and pounding the pavement has appeared on Oprah's Next Chapter to explain what led to his very public meltdown.

Kony 2012 film maker Jason Russell, who is also co-founder of the charity Invisible Children, was taken into psychiatric care after the incident in March.

Close-up footage of the evangelical Christian ranting about the devil was posted exclusively by TMZ, showing the nude father-of-two thumping the ground in San Diego, gesticulating and clapping.

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Footage of Jason Russell naked and screaming came to light in March

Witnesses to the incident also claimed he vandalised cars and masturbated in public.

Now the 30-year-old, who is the mastermind responsible for the 30-minute documentary which details the ongoing conflict in Uganda and the plight of child soldiers, has recorded an interview with chat show host Oprah explaining the incident.

In a preview ahead of the October 7 show obtained by TMZ, he told Oprah he remembered tipping over cars, running around a lemon tree and lying in the road.

When Oprah asked him how he came to be naked, he replied: "It's really hard to explain to people who have never had an out-of-body experience, but it really wasn't me.

"That wasn't me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that's not who I am."

He added: "I remember walking around snapping my fingers up and down ... slapping my hands on the ground as hard as I can. Just slapping them on the ground.


Russell will appear on Oprah: The Next Chapter on October 7

"Talking to myself. Ranting. Raving. Talking about good versus evil, God and the devil. I mean it was just very out of control."

Shortly after the incident occurred, Russell's wife Danica released a statement claiming her husband had dedicated his adult life to Invisible Children leading up to the release of KONY 2012.

She said: "We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. 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.

"He did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion."

A later update from Danica which was posted on the Invisible Children blog read: "We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol.

"The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration."

An online statement immediately after the incident from Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said: “Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalised... suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.

“He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. "


Named after Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Kony 2012 shows the war-torn country through the eyes of a former LRA child soldier called Jacob.

More than 30,000 children are believed to have been abducted by the rebel group, with the male children being forced to bear arms, and the females being used as sex slaves. The group has also slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians in central Africa.

Invisible Children is calling for an international effort to arrest Kony, disarm the LRA and bring the child soldiers home.

A statement on the website reads: "We seek to rebuild schools, educate future leaders and provide jobs in Northern Uganda. We are the motivated misfits and masses redefining what it means to be an activist."

Kony, a former altar boy, is wanted on 33 criminal charges, including 12 counts of crimes against humanity, murder, enslavement and rape.

The LRA began its attacks in Uganda in the 1980s, when Kony sought to overthrow the government. Since being pushed out of Uganda several years ago, the militia has terrorised villages in Central Africa, AP reported.

The film, which features Russell and his son Gavin, has been viewed more than 100 million times.

Celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Nicole Ritchie and Stephen Fry have all backed the campaign.

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  • Self-proclaimed mystic Kony began one of a series of initially popular uprisings in northern Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni seized power in 1986. But tactics of abducting recruits and killing civilians alienated supporters.

  • The LRA is infamous for kidnapping children for use as soldiers, porters and "wives". Although there are no universally accepted figures, the children are believed to number many thousands. Some are freed after days, others never escape. <br> <em>Trauma counselor Florence Lakor, right, listens to 16-year-old Julius, as he tells of the two years he was forced by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to live as a guerrilla fighter in Sudan and Uganda. (AP)</em>

  • Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the 21-year war. A landmark truce was signed in August 2006 and was later renewed. But negotiations brokered by south Sudanese mediators have frequently stalled.

  • The cessation of hostilities has been largely respected, but the guerrilla group has said it will never sign a final peace deal unless the International Criminal Court drops indictments against its leaders for atrocities. <br> <em>Uganda's Interior Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, right, and the head of the government peace talk delegation exchanges documents with the leader of the Lords Resistance Army peace talks delegation Martin Ojul, left, after signing a ceasefire agreement at State House in Kampala, Uganda, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. (AP)</em>

  • Kony's force was once supported by the Khartoum government as a proxy militia, although Sudan says it has now cut ties with the LRA. Kony left his hideouts in south Sudan in 2005 for the Democratic Republic of Congo's remote Garamba forest. <br> <em>Map shows areas in Africa where the Lord's Resistance Army has had a known presence in the past year. (AP)</em>

  • Many northerners revile Kony for his group's atrocities, but also blame Museveni for setting up camps for nearly 2 million people as part of his counter-insurgency strategy, fuelling one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. <br> <em>Internally displaced people line up to receive food provided by the World Food Programe, Thursday, June 15, 2006 at the Pabbo camp outside Gulu, northern Uganda. (AP)</em>

  • Kony has said he is fighting to defend the Biblical Ten Commandments, although his group has also articulated a range of northern grievances, from the looting of cattle by Museveni's troops to demands for a greater share of political power. <br> <em>Joseph Kony, leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, second right, and his deputy Vincent Otti, right, are seen during a meeting with a delegation of Ugandan officials and lawmakers and representatives from non-governmental organizations, Monday, July 31, 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the Sudanese border. (AP)</em>