The man who said he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims that the hoax had “everything to do” with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.
Tuiasosopo said he was the voice of Kekua but initially refused to recreate it when pressed by McGraw. He eventually agreed to do the voice behind a privacy screen, something McGraw promised to show during part two of the interview on Friday.
“I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’” Dr. Phil McGraw said Wednesday. “And he says ‘Yes.’”
While Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o thought he was talking with girlfriend “Lennay Kekua” for hours on end, he was actually on the phone with his male hoaxer, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s lawyer told the New York Daily News.
Pressed by Katie Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te’o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn’t lie about it until December.
“(Tuiasosopo) told me that Manti was not involved at all, (that) he was a victim,” an unnamed woman said in a report. “The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie. He was crying, he was literally crying.”
“I am working on finding out more about this @MTeo_5 #Catfish story. I have been in contact with the woman involved and will get the truth,” Schulman tweeted.
Talk about fantasy football. The Internet is ablaze Thursday morning with pictures of folks putting their arms around their invisible, non-existent girlfriend.
Chef Jesse Jones stopped by the CBS 2 studios to cook up more of his extreme comfort food.
Tinga Taqueria in Millburn, NJ was devastated by Irene one year ago. After nearly one year, they are reopened and better than ever! Check out this recipe for their blackened catfish tacos.