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Manti Te'o Scandal

RONAIAH SURFACES!!

1/20/2013 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0120_RONAIAH_video_2Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- the man who allegedly spearheaded the hoax on Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o -- has finally come out of hiding ... surfacing at his family home in Palmdale, CA on Saturday evening ... TMZ has learned. 

Ronaiah was wearing a hoodie and tried to hide his face. He also didn't utter a single word when asked about his role in the hoax. 

Just 24 hours before Ronaiah appeared in public, Manti had told ESPN ... Ronaiah had reached out to him -- confessed to the prank -- and apologized.

According to Manti, Ronaiah was the person who created "Lennay Kekua" -- who Manti believed was a real person ... and "dated" ... even though they never met in person.

Of course, the whole thing was a hoax -- Lennay never really lived ... or died from cancer on September 11.

Manti claims he and Ronaiah were simply acquaintances -- and insists he was only a victim in the hoax and not a co-conspirator.

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KCINDY    

Gay!

609 days ago
62.

Harfy    

Here's the real question, are they really Americans? Lets see some birth certificates.

609 days ago
63.

Ben    

One question not answered was WHO was he talking to on the phone all them times? Sure the guy set it up and did the mailing and texting but WHO did the talking?

609 days ago
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jabberjaws    

Will the world ever b the same?

609 days ago
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hovershoe    

For all those complaining about this story, (that's half the comments) move on and read the next article. I do that every time I see a lindsay lohan or kardashian article. It's your choice that you're reading it. As for me, I'm enjoying keeping up with this story, its interesting to me, as an avid football fan. Thanks TMZ, and thank you Evan for initially finding this story.

609 days ago
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NoBozo    

Palmdale, California!!! That explains it all...

608 days ago
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