Te'o admitted the lie during a videotaped interview with ABC’s Katie Couric, scheduled to air tomorrow. In the interview, Te'o told Miss Couric that he had honestly believed his online girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, died of cancer — until December 2012.
Miss Couric replied: Then “you stuck to the script. And you knew that something was amiss.”
Te'o responded, “Correct.” He then also appealed for understanding.
“Katie, put yourself in my situation,” he said in the video. “You know, what would you do?”
Te'o’s parents were also interviewed for the report.
“He’s not a liar,” Te'o’s father said of his son. “He’s a kid.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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