JT LeRoy is the name used by an American author who originally published as Terminator and later JT LeRoy.
Though the author claimed LeRoy was born October 31, 1980 in West Virginia, an exposÃ© in October 2005 gave evidence that JT LeRoy was a hoax created by Laura Albert. In a January 2006 article in The New York Times, LeRoy's agent, manager, movie producer, as well as several journalists, declared that the LeRoy seen in public was Savannah Knoop, the half sister of Albert's then partner, Geoffrey Knoop. In a February 2006 interview with The New York Times, Geoffrey Knoop stated that Laura Albert was author of the LeRoy books. To date, Albert has neither confirmed nor denied that she is the writer behind the LeRoy books, and her former partner said he did not believe she would ever admit to her role in the scheme.