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Hoaxer: I was molested

The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into falling for a fake woman he had created online says the hoax had ‘‘everything to do’’ with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the ‘‘Dr. Phil Show,’’ the second part of which aired Friday. Tuiasosopo, 22, told McGraw he was repeatedly molested by a family friend beginning at age 12. Tuiasosopo did not identify his alleged attacker and did not say whether he had told police about his claim. He says creating the fictional persona Lennay Kekua allowed him to live in an alternate reality, and also validated for him that he was a good person on the inside.

No charges against DJs

British prosecutors said Friday they will not press charges against two Australian DJs over the royal hoax call that preceded a nurse’s suicide. The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London’s King Edward VII hospital in December to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, who had been hospitalized with acute morning sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who put the call through, was found hanged three days after the prank was broadcast.