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Antelope Valley man behind Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax apologizes, says Torrance woman
Posted by Larry Altman on 01/22/2013 at 6:39 PM

The Torrance woman who became the face of the Manti Te'o faux girlfriend story said today that the Antelope Valley man behind the alleged hoax has confessed to her and apologized.

In an interview broadcast on the "Today" show on NBC, Diane O'Meara said she is a victim of the scandal, perpetrated, she said, by a Facebook friend, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

"It's very bizarre and it's a very twisted and confusing scenario," she said. "I've never met Manti Te'o in my entire life. I've never spoken with him. I've never exchanged words."

O'Meara, 23, found herself at the center of the nationwide story last week when it was revealed that her photograph was used on a fabricated Twitter profile for Lennay Kekua, an apparent online creation that the Notre Dame football star called his girlfriend. Teo told the nation she died of cancer just before the linebacker's game against Michigan State.

When it was determined O'Meara's photo was used, she found herself swarmed by reporters, who staked out the Torrance Boulevard offices of STN Media Group, where she works as a marketing coordinator.

O'Meara ducked out of sight until the Today report this morning. She said she had never heard of Te'o until the story broke.

 

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