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Voicemails to Manti Te'o from 'Lennay Kekua' raise more questions surrounding hoax

Published: Thursday, Jan. 24 2013 4:45 p.m. MST

This Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te'o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn't lie about it until December. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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Voicemails to Manti Te'o of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo allegedly posing as Lennay Kekua were released today deepening the confusions already surrounding the circumstances of the hoax.

Te'o had an online relationship with Kekua that was revealed to be a hoax after he thought she died of cancer this past year.

Te'o was interviewed by Katie Couric, who played a series of voicemails from Kekua allegedly being voiced by Tuiasosopo.

In the first message, Kekua talks about her first chemotherapy session:

In the second message, a jealous Kekua thinks Te'o has a girlfriend in his room:

The third message was left on Sept. 11, 2012 the day before Kekua supposedly died:

Te'o made and received more than 1,000 calls totaling more than 500 hours to Kekua. Tuiasosopo's lawyer says that his client was the one posing as Kekua on the phone and was the sole perpetrator of the hoax.

Tuiasosopo has had formal vocal and dramatic training. He was president of his high school drama club, performs with a Christian band and auditioned last year for the TV talent show “The Voice.”

Ryan Carreon is a web editor for DeseretNews.com.

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