Dr. Phil to interview alleged Te'o girlfriend hoaxer

Dr. Phil to interview alleged Te'o girlfriend hoaxer

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for ATI)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 9:50 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

A "Dr. Phil Show" spokesperson confirmed on Friday the interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (roh-NY-ah too-ee-AH'-so-SO'-poh), the man accused of creating an online persona of a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell for without ever meeting face-to-face.

The ruse was uncovered last week by Deadspin.com, which reported that Tuiasosopo created the woman, named Lennay Kekua, who then supposedly died last September.

No further details of the "Dr. Phil" interview, including its airdate, were announced.

 

.624This interview follows the first on-camera interview with Te'o conducted this week by Katie Couric.0

 

 

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