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Tuiasosopo Confesses To Te'o Hoax

Amanda Martinez |
January 30, 2013 | 11:10 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Tuiasosopo said Te'o was not involved in the hoax. (Neon Tommy/Flickr)
Tuiasosopo said Te'o was not involved in the hoax. (Neon Tommy/Flickr)
Dr. Phil McGraw, of the "Dr. Phil Show," said Wednesday Manti Te'o was a victim of the girlfriend hoax that unfolded earlier this month and had no involvement in the scheme.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who claimed responsibility for the hoax, spoke with McGraw at length in a two-part special that will air Thursday. Last week, Te'o sat down with Katie Couric to share his side of the story.

Tuiasosopo created the fake identity of Lennay Kekua, Te'o's girlfriend who later "died" of leukemia the same day as his grandmother. The revelation of the story earlier this month sparked skepticism and confusion of Te'o's involvement in the hoax.

McGraw said Tuiasosopo claimed he created the scheme because he was "deeply, romantically" in love with Te'o. When asked if he was gay, Tuiasosopo initially said yes, before saying "I am confused.

Read the full story at ABC News.

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