Lawyer: Male Hoax Mastermind Impersonated Female Voice when Speaking to Te'o

Manti Te'o allegedly was speaking to a man who was impersonating the voice of a female in order to have a "relationship" with Te'o.

The lawyer of the man believed to be behind the Manti Te'o hoax said his client, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a man, was the person speaking to Te'o on the phone during calls that allegedly lasted throughout the night. Te'o believed he was speaking to his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who did not exist. 

“This wasn’t a prank to make fun,” Grimes told The New York Daily News. “It was establishing a communication with someone. ... It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship.”

The lawyer, who also represented Rodney King, said Te'o “thought it was a female he was talking with," but, "it was Ronaiah as Lennay.”

According to the Daily News, Tuiasosopo' resume includes vocal and dramatic training. And Te'o apparently never thought he was speaking to a man. 

“Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” the lawyer said. “People can do that.”


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