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Manti Te'o Dead Girlfriend Hoaxer Seeks Help From Mental Health Professional


Jan. 21 2013, Published 4:32 p.m. ET

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Roniah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax scandal  summoned a mental health professional to his home on Sunday night for a three hour meeting as concerns grow for his mental health, is exclusively reporting.

"There are concerns for Roniah's mental health right now," a family source says. "Roniah absolutely maintains that Manti had absolutely nothing to do with the hoax and that he had no idea the woman didn't exist and was made up by Roniah. Manti is the true victim in all of this and that's weighing heavily on Roniah."

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As previously reported, the star Notre Dame defensive player has insisted that he had no role in the hoax. After more than a year of corresponding on social media and by telephone with a woman he knew as Lennay Kekua, Te’o said he was told in September that she had died of leukemia, then claims that three months later he received a call from a phone number he recognized as Kekua’s, with a stranger telling him Kekua wasn’t dead.

“I wasn’t faking it,” the NFL star insisted to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap during a lengthy off-camera interview  . “I wasn’t part of this.”

Roniah subsequently contacted Manti via Twitter, according to ESPN  , and admitted that he was the one responsible for the hoax.

Around 9 pm on Sunday night, Dr. Charles Sophy, a board certified psychiatrist, was spotted going into Roniah's house in Palmdale, where he lives with his father and didn't leave until after midnight.

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Meanwhile, Te'o and his parents Brian and Ottilia will sit down for an interview with Katie Couric on her syndicated talk show Thursday in what will be the star athlete’s first on-camera appearance since the bizarre saga grabbed a stranglehold on the public’s attention span.


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