On Tuesday, the woman whose photos were stolen in order to create Lennay Kekua, the fake girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, spoke to the “Today” Show regarding her unexpected ordeal.
Diane O’Meara, a California native, said that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures off of her Facebook page without her knowledge in order to play a hoax on Te’o. Until a week ago, Te’o had believed his online girlfriend, Kekua, had died of leukemia in September.
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O’Meara currently lives in Los Angeles as a marketing executive. While she went to high school with Tuiasosopo, she says the two were never close. However, the day the entire hoax was exposed on Deadspin.com, Tuiasosopo called O’Meara apologizing for the entire thing.
“I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this,” said O’Meara.
The 23-year old has never had any contact with Te’o, nor has she seen Tuiasosopo for the better part of five years. However, she told the show that she knows that he has been stalking her Facebook and taking her photos.
O’Meara says there is nothing he can say, and thus far, besides the phone call she spoke of, he hasn’t. The Tuiasosopo family has said thatRoniah may wind up addressing the situation at some point.
However, for now, the perpetrator of this entire mess has been conspicuously silent.