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Jason Russell's Wife

He Does Not Have

a Substance Abuse Problem

3/17/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The wife of Jason Russell, the documentarian who was detained Thursday for running through the streets of San Diego naked, claims he does not have a problem with drugs or alcohol. 

Danica Russell issued a statement addressing the bizarre incident, saying, "Let us say up front that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things. But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration."

Russell was captured on video obtained by TMZ ... standing on a street corner and pounding his fists on the sidewalk.

Russell is being held on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities can decide if he poses a danger to himself or others.

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patty    

is she really that stupid - or is it just another evangelical christian lying thru her azz!

858 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Do they expect us to believe that... extreme exhaustion and dehydration? They must think the public are one stupid mofos that never experienced dehydration at some point in their lives? This guy is a closet perv. She just had to find out the hard way. Or limp way so to speak.

858 days ago
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TMP    

Being tired and thirsty doesn't make you do that.

858 days ago
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Matt    

Extreme exhaustion and dehydration? Ok either she's lying or she is in complete denial. If she thinks that's the case then they are more ****ed up than I thought. People get exhausted and dehydrated all the time, while we deal with it differently, I can assure you that no one has stripped naked and acted irrational on the street. But he's a gay man stuck in an heterosexual marriage, that's gotta be what drove him bonkers.

858 days ago
35.

patty    

btw - where was his wife, family and all his friends when all this happened, it was 11:30 in the morning?? where was he when this started????? - but for being so exhausted - he was really the energizer bunny!!!

858 days ago
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big al    

This woman is delusional if she honestly thinks her husband doesn't have a substance abuse problem. Any other time I've seen someone behave this way parading around naked its because of PCP. Not sure why TMZ only posted a short clip. The extended video on youtube is hilarious! Dude got his a$$ beat out there acting a fool.

858 days ago
37.

RedPill    

Duhhh you stupid broad he wasnt arrested for substance abuse he was arrested because hes a pervert! He was jerking off in public this guys a creep!

858 days ago
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stargazer    

What a crock of bull. People who are dehydrated and suffering from exhaustion do not do that. They become lethargic and can hardly move. You wouldn't have the energy to do that. I'm pretty sure you could search through every medical record you could find and you would never find an instance of someone doing something like that. He's either on something or he's off some type of psych medication that he should be taking. The guy is not right in the head, you can tell that by looking at him. He has that "crazy guy" look and as we all know, people who have that look always end up being not quite right.

858 days ago
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dp    

Obviously he started the wrong charity. He needs to go work for Water.org. At least they'll keep him hydrated over there.

858 days ago
40.

Carl    

Maybe they need to consider the fact that he has an underlying mental issue. His wife and publicist blaming it on dehydration and exhaustion are fooling themselves. Normal people don't do things like that even under those conditions. Someone with mental illness on the other hand could be pushed over the edge into an episode by stress and exhaustion.

858 days ago
41.

Cujeaux    

Now that you've come out of the closet Jason, DRINK SOME WATER.

858 days ago
42.

iverson     

simple explanation he thought he was at Burningman or upset he did not get tickets in the lottery to go

858 days ago
43.

KD    

Sorry, not buying the "exhaustion" and "dehydration" crap. Both leave you too physically ill to move much less beat off and act like an over-sexed gorilla on a street corner. If it were so bad that it was mind-altering, he'd be in the hospital on an IV, not the psych ward.

858 days ago
44.

Mazor    

So I guess that means he is just a crazy moron then.

858 days ago
45.

EatMe    

He just takes do-C U M-entary making very seriously.

858 days ago
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