Unbeknownst to her, Diane O’Meara played a critical role in the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax.
O’Meara, a 23-year old marketing executive in Los Angeles, appeared on The Today Show this morning and confirmed her photo was the one used – without her knowledge – in creating Lennay Kekua.
The photograph (below) was taken off her Facebook page by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and passed off as Kekua to Te’o. O’Meara adds that Tuiasosopo called to admit his role in the scheme and apologize for it the day this bizarre story broke.
“I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this,” said O’Meara.
O’Meara went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but emphasizes that the pair is not close. He has not spoken out since this scandal hit, but may do so this week.
Te’o, meanwhile, will give his first on-camera interview to Katie Couric Thursday.