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  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was molested

    The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims the hoax had "everything to do" with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.

  • In this Jan. 24, 2013, photo provided by CBS Television Distribution/Peteski Productions, talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, left, interviews Ronaiah Tuiasosopo during taping for the "Dr. Phil Show" in Los Angeles. The program, scheduled to air Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, will show the first on-air interview of Tuiasosopo, the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. (AP Photo/CBS Television Distribution/Peteski Productions)

    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo: I was in love with Manti Te'o

    The 22-year-old Tuiasosopo said he built the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell for without ever meeting in person and later believed to have died of leukemia.

  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fell in love with Manti Te'o and said all his energy went into pretending to be the woman the Notre Dame linebacker came to know as Lennay Kekua.

  • Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw (left) interviews Ronaiah Tuiasosopo on Jan. 24, 2013, during taping for the "Dr. Phil Show" in Los Angeles. The two-part program, scheduled to air Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, is the first on-air interview of Tuiasosopo, the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. (Associated Press/CBS Television Distribution/Peteski Productions)

    Dr. Phil: Hoaxster 'deeply, romantically in love' with Te'o

    Dr. Phil McGraw said on the "Today" show Wednesday morning that he believes Manti Te'o's hoaxster, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, fell genuinely in love with the linebacker over a two-year span of lies and deception.

  • Dr. Phil: Te'o was victim of girlfriend hoax

    Dr. Phil McGraw says Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who masterminded the dead girlfriend hoax involving Manti Te'o, told him the Notre Dame linebacker was not involved in the scheme and that he ended up falling "deeply, romantically" in love with the football player.

  • Face of Te'o's girlfriend says hoakster confessed

    The woman who was unknowingly the face of Lennay Kekua said the man who concocted the hoax confessed to her and said he wanted to end the ruse that snared Notre Dame star Manti Te'o many times before it unraveled.

  • Face of Te'o's girlfriend says hoaxster confessed

    The woman who was unknowingly the face of Lennay Kekua said the man who concocted the hoax confessed to her and said he wanted to end the ruse that snared Notre Dame star Manti Te'o many times before it unraveled.

  • Correction: Notre Dame-Te'o story

    In a story Jan. 19 about the Manti Te'o-Lennay Kekua hoax, The Associated Press reported erroneously some of the details about the place where Te'o says he sent flowers after he was told by pranksters that his girlfriend had died. The home was in Carson, Calif., not Palmdale, and was once the home of the alleged mastermind of the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, not a family named Kekua. A family named Kekua does live down the street from the Tuiasosopos in Carson.

  • Te'o to be interviewed by Katie Couric

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will be interviewed by Katie Couric, the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead girlfriend hoax.

  • Alleged mastermind of Te'o hoax may tell his story

    The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.

  • Alleged Te'o prankster planning to tell his story

    The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.

  • Records link California home and Te'o case

    When Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o ordered two dozen white roses delivered to 21503 Water Street, he says he thought they were headed to the home of his dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. In fact, the man implicated as the ringleader of a false-identity hoax and many of his relatives have lived in the single-story, stucco bungalow, according to publicly available records and interviews with neighbors.

  • Te'o provides answers, but more may be asked

    Manti Te'o tried to put one of the strangest sports stories in memory behind him, insisting he was the target of an elaborate online hoax in which he fell for a fake woman created by pranksters, then admitting his own lies made the bizarre ordeal worse.

  • Te'o tells ESPN: Not involved in creating hoax

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o insisted he had no role in the bizarre hoax involving his "dead" girlfriend and told ESPN on Friday night that he was duped by a person who has since apologized to him.

  • In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this." (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones)

    Manti Te'o provides answers on hoax, but more may be asked

    Manti Te'o tried to put one of the strangest sports stories in memory behind him, insisting he was the target of an elaborate online hoax in which he fell for a fake woman created by pranksters, then admitting his own lies made the bizarre ordeal worse.

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  • Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, 22, later said he created the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman whom Te'o said he fell in love with despite never meeting her in person.

    Chargers take Manti Te'o in 2nd round of NFL draft →

  • "I've learned first, just to be honest in everything you do, from the big things to the small things. To keep your circle very small and to really understand who's in your corner and who's not," he said. "Going off of the season my team and I had, there were a lot of people in our corner, and then when Jan. 16th happened, there was a lot of people in the other corner. I've just learned to appreciate the people that I have that are with me."

    Te'o doing tough balancing act at NFL combine →

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