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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

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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Hmmm..... You would say that

888 days ago


Didn't know extreme exhaustion and dehydration could make you act like this....I'm going to take a nap and drink plenty of water just in case....

887 days ago


Let's call this what it is. Mental illness. This man is sick. And frankly, TMZ is shameful for broadcasting an episode of this magnitude. The world's idea of entertainment is growing worse by the day. Please ensure that you acknowledge mental illness, and that if this is, in fact, an episode of mental illness, that this man has a disease that he is not in control of, and that this does not reflect on the legitimate good that he does.

887 days ago


They can't explain the gay away. Funny that he hides behind Christian organizations who denounces homosexuality. Those who are so anti-gay are usually the closeted gays. I don't get it.

There's nothing wrong with being gay. Where ever you go, there you are - you can't escape yourself. Must suck to publicly fight your demons.

887 days ago


In New Zealand'extreme exhaustion and dehydration' are able to be treated, its the mushrooms combined with PCP, Xanax, ZoLoft, Cocaine and beer that make us run around in the nuddy with our peckers hanging out.

887 days ago


Jason Russell had the courage to do what no head of state had the courage to do. Attack a powerful international figure such as Kony who supplies drugs, arms and prostitutes to the world’s underbelly and see what befalls you. Killing Jason would have made him into a hero – he was taken out much more effectively. Don’t be so naive.

887 days ago

Anders Behring Breivik    

He's got a wife!

887 days ago


He was on drugs and the whole Kony thing was a busted up lie to make himself money n fame..i think it was pcp he was on..
and who knows what else.

887 days ago


doctors playing word games..."severe dehydration" "psychosis" ... terminology for "high as ****"

i mean really, maybe he doesnt have an addiction, and in all honesty probably deserves a little privacy (medical)...but its pretty obvious to anyone familiar with drugs and their effects. He was on something.

885 days ago

Joe Schmoe    

Most people cannot not take the time to do what he did for the helpless kids in North Uganda. Are there questions about the funding and his recent personal problems? Yes. But overall his body of work created public outcry which has saved alot of lives. In my book, he has earned the right to "loose it" !! His positive contribution far outweighs his negatives!!

875 days ago
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