You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

Peter Johnson Jr. Analyzes the Legal Issues Involved in the Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax

The world continues to wait on a response from Notre Dame star Manti Te’o following Wednesday's shocking revelation that his girlfriend - who he said had died during the season - never actually existed. The only communication from Te'o since the report was a written statement, claiming that he was the victim of an "incredibly embarrassing" online hoax.

Many are still wondering whether Te'o played a part in setting up the hoax, in which the picture of a California woman was turned into "Lennay Kekua." Te’o claims that he carried on the relationship exclusively on the phone and online, and never actually met Kekua.

This morning, Fox and Friends spoke with legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. to ask whether Te'o, a top NFL prospect, could be at risk for any legal consequences.

He said the woman whose picture was used in the hoax could choose to file a lawsuit "for the unauthorized use of her likeness."

Johnson said if Te'o was truly duped, he could pursue legal action against the perpetrator of the hoax.

Watch the full discussion:


Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Fox News Launches Redesigned App for iPhones, Androids

Now it's easier and faster than ever to keep up with the most powerful name in news wherever you are. Download the redesigned Fox News Channel app today on your iPhone or Android to watch Fox News and Fox Business Network live on your device! Click here for more information on how you can get the Fox News app.

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" will reveal who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Check out the latest installment: an inside look at Mutton Bustin!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!