Tuiasosopo Molested As Child By Family Friend

By: Amanda Crum - February 1, 2013

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who allegedly fooled Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into thinking he was a woman for over a year, says he was molested as a child by a family friend, and the experience changed him profoundly.

In a recent interview with Dr. Phil, Tuiasosopo claimed that at the age of 12, he became the victim of sexual molestation by a person close to his father, who was a church pastor. There was more than one incident, he says, and they usually happened when he was accompanied by the person on trips away from his parents. His father says he was heartbroken to hear what his son went through, and while he never witnessed any wrongdoing, remembers specific times Tuiasosopo claims the incidents happened.

“When he told me the location, the time, I could go back and vividly remember those trips, the times that these guys came over,” he said. “That part, right there, was kind of gut wrenching for me.”

Tuiasosopo claims the molestation had a lot to do with why Tuiasosopo created the false identity of Lennay Kekua and subsequently began an online/phone relationship with Te’o, who claims he had no idea he was speaking to a man. Tuiasosopo eventually decided to kill off his character, leading Te’o to believe his long-distance girlfriend lost a battle to leukemia.

“I felt that I couldn’t do things, accomplish things, pursue things, live out as Ronaiah,” Tuiasosopo said. “And I felt the need to create this. It has everything to do with what I went through as a child.”

When news broke recently that Lennay Kekua wasn’t real, rumors and speculation began to fly that Te’o was in on the hoax just to gain popularity in his quest for the Heisman, but he still contends he had no part in the deception and believed the entire time that he was speaking to a real woman he’d never met.

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  • Bill Belpanno

    Seriously this is the stupidest freaking story that just will not die!! DIE, STORY, DIE!!!! Know one cares, the media keeps this crap going and going and it’s the Kardashian of all media stories…..make it stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop!!!

  • Lisa

    OMG!!! That’s all I have to say!!!

  • Twisty

    It has everything to do with what I went through as a child.”

    No it has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that your a mentally disturbed weirdo.. stop making excuses and blaming the world.

  • Obi-1

    This guy is gay period! I don’t believe this so called “backstory” that made him do this! WTF?! @Twisty is right on the money! However the Deadspin article states that Manti said he met her in person in California? I still think he’s in on this crap story!

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    get over yourself. you played the internet game and got busted. fess up

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    He looks just like Chaz Bono.

  • sue

    What a bunch of bull-pucky! He pulled a very, very bad trick on someone and is just looking to cover his ass. This is disgusting.

  • Stacy

    This guy needs to go away… his credibility is exactly ZERO.

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    This just f@&$@n embarrassing ur making not only yourself and ur parents look bad , but all the Samoans here in Cali ,I hope Dr Phil is paying you a lot of money for the interview bcuz u have just aired all ur family’s dirty laundry all over public television , just move on already and cut the bullshit out! Ua tauvalea Samoa I nei lapisi !!!

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