"Confusing Scenario" for Face of Te'o Fake Girlfriend

January 22, 2013 3:07 PM

" A Los Angeles marketing executive whose images were used in an elaborate hoax involving a Notre Dame football star said in an interview broadcast on the TODAY Show that she did not know who Manti Te'o was until last week.

That's when a Deadspin report revealed the linebacker's story of a girlfriend who died within days of his grandmother's death was a hoax. Te'o's grandmother died before Notre Dame defeated Michigan State Sept. 15, and the tale of the girlfriend's death seemed to add to an inspirational backstory that would be repeated throughout a college football season in which the Fighting Irish went undefeated before losing to Alabama in the BCS Championship game.

"It's very bizarre, and it’s a very twisted and confusing scenario," Diane O'Meara, 23, told NBC. "I've never met Manti Te'o in my entire life. I've never spoken with him. I've never exchanged words, tweets (with him)."

O'Meara's images became the face of Lennay Kekua — Te'o's fake girlfriend whose supposed death from leukemia became the subject of several interviews conducted with the Heisman trophy finalist. Te'o repeatedly spoke of Kekua's death during the season "

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