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Woman in fake girlfriend photo speaks out

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:10 p.m. HST, Jan 23, 2013


NEW YORK >> The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.

Diane O’Meara told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. Te’o asserts he was tricked into an online romance with Kekua and, until last week, did not understand he was being hoaxed.

O’Meara went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but she says they’re not close. He called to apologize last Wednesday, the day Deadspin.com broke the hoax story, she said.

“I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this,” said O’Meara, a 23-year-old marketing executive in Los Angeles.

O’Meara said she had never had any contact with Te’o, and that for five years, Tuiasosopo “has literally been stalking my Facebook and stealing my photos.”

Tuiasosopo has not spoken publicly since the news broke. His family has said they may speak out this week.
 

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rayhawaii wrote:
Maybe the two will get together after all of this with a happy ending story.
on January 23,2013 | 05:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Here is how the media and others of questionable intelligence would've handled this if the woman were a little more famous: She's lying! She's gotta be! She had to be in on it! Her picture was out there! She knew! She knew!. . . didn't she? . . . Yes! She knew. . . because, a website wrote that she knew. . . and, that proves it. Doesn't it? Yes! What? What did she say? She didn't know? Lie! She knew! Because. . . no one is that dumb! Except us. And her. And you. But she's dumber. Because . . . she knew! She knew!
on January 23,2013 | 07:26PM
joshislost wrote:
borderline lonely huh
on January 23,2013 | 08:36PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Not really. Borderline personality disorder, huh?
on January 23,2013 | 10:52PM
joshislost wrote:
You or me? Should maybe proof read your little narrative that you've created kinda crazy if you ask me. Even checked back to see if anyone commented on your own post lol
on January 24,2013 | 03:03PM
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