NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — She’s spoken out.
The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend said the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.READ MORE: Broadway Theaters Can Reopen At 100% Capacity On Sept. 14, Gov. Cuomo Says
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, 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 apologize Jan. 16, 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.READ MORE: FAA Reports Sharp Increase In Reports Of Unruly Passengers Over Past Few Months
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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