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Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax: Women come forward

Diane O'Meara is seen in this undated file photo. O'Meara says unbeknownst to her, this picture was used as the profile picture for Lennay Kekua, the woman Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o believed was his girlfriend. It was later discovered that the profile was a hoax.
January 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The woman at the center of the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax spoke to Eyewitness News, and a new alleged victim has come forward.

The woman at the center of the scandal is Diane O'Meara, but the world came to know her as Lennay Kekua. Bob Donohue, O'Meara's attorney, told Eyewitness News that his client isn't talking publicly yet, but "will be giving a full disclosure, I'm sure, when the time is right. We're just trying to figure out what happened."

Te'o wasn't the only apparently tricked by the Lennay Kekua profile. ABC News has learned of at least five others who say they fell victim.

"This was something that was elaborated for years," said former beauty queen Tessi Tolutao.

Tolutao exclusively told ABC that for months, she had online conversations with a woman she thought was Kekua, all the while, it was Tuiasosopo.

"This whole thing was constructed to make this one girl, Lennay Kekua seem real," said the Miss South Pacific 2007 titleholder.

She says the prankster pretending to be Kekua reached out on Facebook asking about beauty pageants. Tolutao agreed to meet Kekua in person, but instead, Tuiasosopo showed up.

"He didn't try to woo me, I just felt like it was a guy that just wanted to hang out," she said.

Nearly three years ago she says she got a Facebook message from Te'o himself, expressing his own doubts about Kekua, saying "She keeps talking like she knows everyone and I'm like thinking, it's a prank."

Te'o will discuss that alleged prank for the first time on camera with Katie Couric, airing Thursday on ABC7.


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