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

In a 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.
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In a 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.
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A California man said he created the hoax in which former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o fell for a fake, online girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the “Dr. Phil Show,” the first part of which aired Thursday. The 22-year-old Tuiasosopo said he built the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te’o ...

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