January 22, 2013
Woman in fake Manti Te'o photo speaks to 'Today Show'
By THE SPORTS XCHANGE

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o plays Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of their NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana, in this November 17, 2012 file photo. Te'o, whose on-field excellence after his grandmother and online girlfriend purportedly died made him a hero in the sports media, was the victim of a hoax because the girl never existed, the university said. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes/Files)

Diane O’Meara, aka the woman whose photo was used on the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend, told NBC’s “Today” show that she received an apology from the man behind the alleged hoax.

O’Meara said Tuesday that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her to create a woman named “Lennay Kekua.” Te’o claims he was duped into an online romance with Kekua and believed she died of leukemia in September until Deadspin broke a story last week.

O’Meara and Tuiasosopo were high-school classmates in California, but O’Meara told ’Today’ that they weren’t close. She said she received an apology Jan. 16.

“I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this,” O’Meara said. She said she had never had any contact with Te’o, and added that, for five years, Tuiasosopo “has literally been stalking my Facebook and stealing my photos.”



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