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Manti Te’o Was Fooled by Hoaxer’s Falsetto Voice in Romantic Phone Calls

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Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie (left) and Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who allegedly duped Manti Te’o by posing as a woman.

Now this is getting weird.

It looks like Manti Te’o actually did talk to his fake dead girlfriend.

But he was talking to his hoaxer, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who was turning in a Dustin Hoffman-worthy performance, using a falsetto voice during long, loving phone conversations with the duped Notre Dame football star.

It suddenly seems especially appropriate that Tuiasosopo once interviewed for The Voice.

It previously came out that Tuiasosopo allegedly stole the photos of Diane O’Meara to create the fake Lennay Kekua girlfriend persona. But the revelation of his gender-bending voicejob is new.

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Manti Te’o (left) thought he was talking to a woman named Lennay Kekua. But it was really the voice of his hoaxer, who had stolen photos of Diane O’Meara (right) to pose as Lennay.

The Daily News reports that Te’o’s lawyer Milton Grimes dropped the bombshell:

[Te'o] thought it was a female he was talking with. It was Ronaiah as Lennay.

Te’o told Katie Couric this week that he did lie about the fake dead girlfriend — but only at the very tail end of the hoax, after he got one more phone call from the — surprise — undead girlfriend (actually falsetto Tuiasosopo) saying she faked her death to escape angry drug dealers:

Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September 12. Now I get a phone call on December 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?

We’re starting believe Manti really wasn’t in on the hoax. Maybe he’s just a moron.

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