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Report: Manti Te'o tried to Skype with fake girlfriend

Former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o told the school he tried to communicate with his fake girlfriend. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o told the school he tried to communicate with his fake girlfriend. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o told the university that he tried to use the voice-chat service Skype to speak with his girlfriend, a person that later was revealed did not exist, reports CBSSports.com.

The report says that she refused to speak with Te'o using the service and that Notre Dame brought up the subject to Te'o during their investigation because the relationship happened online.

Earlier this week, Deadspin.com reported that Te'o was part of a hoax after they discovered the girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, not only did not die of leukemia as had been reported, but did not exist.

The school also identified Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and the role he played as the alleged mastermind but did not speak with him during the investigation, CBSSports.com learned. The school shared its findings with the Te'o family to act upon as it saw fit. Investigators found that Tuiasosopo attended the USC-Notre Dame game on Nov. 24. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Kekua called Te'o on Dec. 6 to say she faked her death to evade drug dealers. The school did not contact the NCAA during the investigative process.
Deadspin reported that Tuiasosopo planned the Kekua scam, according to his family and friends.

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