Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend was actually a dude the whole time?

In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview.

Milton Grimes is the attorney representing Ronaiah Tuiasosopo—the guy reportedly behind the whole Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax fiasco. Grimes told the New York Daily News that his client posed as Lennay Kuka during the littany of phonecalls between the Notre Dame linebacker and the "girlfriend."

Grimes, best known for helping Rodney King win a multimillion-dollar judgment against the city of Los Angeles, compared the deception to an actor playing a role.

“Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” Grimes said Wednesday. “People can do that.”

Grimes also maintains that Tuiasosopo didn't mean any harm and was simply looking to make a meaningful connection with someone.

“This wasn’t a prank to make fun,” Grimes told The News. “It was establishing a communication with someone. ... It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship.”

Grimes declined to answer when asked to elaborate on his client’s intentions or what type of relationship he wanted with the college football star: “I wouldn’t describe his issues at this time."