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Dr. Phil's production company is suing Gawker Media over its use of an interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax.

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The suit claims the company, via its sports blog Deadspin, posted the best parts of the interview online before it had aired in the majority of Dr. Phil markets.

The lawsuit also criticizes the entire "system" of content aggregation.

"A remora is a fish, sometimes called a suckerfish, which attaches itself to other fish like sharks," reads the legal complaint filed this week in Texas.

"The host fish gains nothing from the relationship but the remora is enriched by obtaining benefits (usually food and transportation) from the host."

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is very sorry - and, apparently, very skilled at sounding like a woman over the phone.

The young, troubled man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax appeared yesterday on Dr. Phil and, after insisting he stand behind a curtain for a sense of privacy, performed for viewers the voice he used as Lenny Kekua in this drawn-out scheme to fool the linebacker.

Experts on the show said the voices were a match. Watch/listen now:

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Manti Te'o finally appeared on camera today, for the first time since his girlfriend hoax went public, making one thing VERY clear to Katie Couric:

He is not gay.

Asked by the host about his sexuality - because some have speculated this might explain why Te'o would invent a woman named Lennay Kekua - Te'o was explicit in his response to the question of whether or not he's a homosexual:

"No. Far from it. FAR FROM IT."

Watch this offended response above and then scroll down for more interview highlights...

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In anticipation of his interview with Katie Couric, Manti Te'o has released a trio of voicemails to the talk show host, all of which feature a female voice he believed at the time to be girlfriend Lennay Kekua.

It has since been confirmed the calls were instead made by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

In the first, obtained by TMZ and allegedly left right before "Lennay" started chemotherapy, the individual simply says:

"Just wanted to call you and keep you posted... I miss you, I love you... bye."

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The lawyer for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has come out and admitted his client was behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax; is very sorry about creating such a mess; and never intended to cause the football star any pain.

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Speaking to The New York Daily News, Milton Grimes says Tuiasosopo posed as Lennay Kekua on every phone call with Te'o, detailing the former's extensive vocal and dramatic training, as well as the fact that Tuiasosopo tried out last year for The Voice.

“Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” Grimes said to those who doubt a man could pull this off. “People can do that.”

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Score another point for Manti Te'o in his battle to prove that he had nothing to do with fooling America into thinking he had a girlfriend.

In an interview with People, Alexandra del Pilar - who dated the Notre Dame linebacker for two months in late 2012 - says Te'o often referenced Lennay Kekua and acted every bit like someone who believed she died of leukemia on September 12.

Manti Te'o and Katie Couric

"Lennay was often brought up in conversation," Del Pilar says. "I wanted to know about her, and how they did the long distance. He definitely [loved her]."

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In a taped interview with Katie Couric, which will air tomorrow on that host's talk show, Manti Te'o admits to at least one time when he lied about the existence of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Asked by Couric whether he was in on the hoax, Te'o says no - but he did mislead reporters on two occasions after receiving a call on December 6 from someone claiming to be Kekua, who Te'o thought to have died two months earlier.

"Put yourself in my situation," Te'o says in a clip that aired today on Good Morning America. "My whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that."

Hence, Te'o says, why he referenced his girlfriend in two subsequent interviews, one online December 8 and again when talking to a newspaper on December 10.

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Unbeknownst to her, Diane O'Meara played a critical role in the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax.

O'Meara, a 23-year old marketing executive in Los Angeles, appeared on The Today Show this morning and confirmed her photo was the one used - without her knowledge - in creating Lennay Kekua.

The photograph (below) was taken off her Facebook page by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and passed off as Kekua to Te'o. O'Meara adds that Tuiasosopo called to admit his role in the scheme and apologize for it the day this bizarre story broke.

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"I don't think there's anything he could say to me that would fix this,'' said O'Meara.

O'Meara went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but emphasizes that the pair is not close. He has not spoken out since this scandal hit, but may do so this week.

Te'o, meanwhile, will give his first on-camera interview to Katie Couric Thursday.

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The Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax has taken another odd turn.

TMZ confirms that Dr. Charles Sophy - a psychiatrist whose famous patients include Michael Jackson and Paris Hilton - visited Ronaiah Tuiasosopo last night, the man who has allegedly admitted to orchestrating this perplexing scheme.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Pics

Sophy was caught by cameras leaving Tuiasosopo's California home, but he refused to divulge the reason for his visit.

It's certainly safe to assume, however, that this meeting was related to the Te'o story.

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The Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax is a totally ridiculous, impossible-to-believe situation no matter which side you fall on.

Was the Notre Dame star duped by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo? Complicit? Some odd combination of the two?

No matter the answer, this is a scandal ripe for celebrity ripping and joking on Twitter. So we've collected some of the best posts below. Read on and enjoy!

Manti Te'o Sports Illustrated Cover

Brooklyn Decker: "Andy Rodick. Surprise! Hoax! I don't exist."

Seth Meyers: "These Te'o jokes are all very funny but let's all try and remember that a person who never existed is dead."

Christine Teigen: "My love of catfish has intersected with Erin Andrew's world of football and there is just some beautiful texting happening now."

Arsenio Hall: "The great thing about dating Manti Te'o's girlfriend is, you never have to wear a condom!"

Rainn Wilson: "I don't know what's worse, a dead girlfriend or a dead girlfriend who never existed."

Eric Stonestreet: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck , it's a made up dead girlfriend story for publicity."