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Woman Used in Te’o Hoax Pictures Speaks Out

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — The woman whose image was used in the fake girlfriend hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is speaking out for the first time.

Diane O’Meara, a 23-year-old momeara-picarketing executive from Lancaster, says that the was a victim, too — a victim of identity theft.

O’Meara had never heard of Te’o until last week.

She did go to high school in the Antelope Valley with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man believed to be behind the elaborate hoax.

“It’s very bizarre, and it’s a very twisted and confusing scenario,” O’Meara told NBC’s Miguel Almaguer in a segment that aired on the “Today” show Tuesday.

“I’ve never met Manti Te’o in my entire life. I’ve never spoken with him. I’ve never exchanged words, tweets.”

Last week, Deadspin.com broke the story that Teo’s girlfriend, who supposedly died within hours of his grandmother back in September, never actually existed.

Tuiasosopo has yet to speak publicly about the allegations, but O’Meara said he has apologized to her.

“The past five years, he has literally been stalking my Facebook and stealing my photos,” O’Meara said on “Today.”

“Ronny has called and not only confessed, but he has also apologized. But I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this.”

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