NEW YORK (CBSLA.com) — A model who taunted police in the nude and jumped three stories, all in the middle of Times Square, says mental illness drove him to desperate action.

“I was paranoid people were after me,” Krit McClean told a WCBS reporter. “I couldn’t handle just being in the world.”

READ MORE: Pack Of Unleashed Cane Corso Mastiff Dogs Attack Residents In Tarzana Neighborhood

McClean went full-frontal nude in front of thousands of people, and plenty of cameras, June 30 in Times Square. He danced on top of a ticket booth before jumping.

“I saw the advertisement and it said ‘express yourself,’ McClean said. “And I thought ‘well how can I express myself now?’ Then I realized oh my God I need to take off my clothes and express myself to the fullest in my most natural state.”

READ MORE: Remains Of Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola Carried In Procession From Ontario International Airport To Forest Lawn In Covina

McClean was taken to a hospital after the incident.

Charges of public lewdness, disorderly conduct and exposure were dropped Friday.

McClean has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He’s undergoing therapy, and says he hopes to open a discussion about mental health issues.

MORE NEWS: ‘Sex And The City’ & 'White Collar' Actor Willie Garson Dies At 57

“I’m just the instrument, telling the story people might be able to understand and relate to,” he said.