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Fake girlfriend hoax: woman whose picture was used in Manti Te'o prank breaks silence

The awkward moment when you realise your face is on ESPN.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap last weekend.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap last weekend.
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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 apologised to her.

Diane O’Meara told NBC today 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, believed she died of leukemia in September.

O’Meara went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but she says they’re not close. He called to apologise last week, on 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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