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Friend: Tuiasosopo Admitted To Deceiving Te'o

Jan 18, 2013 1:10 PM EST

A friend close to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he admitted to perpetuating a girlfriend hoax against Manti Te'o.

She says Tuiasosopo gave her the tearful confession and account of how he played what he said was at first a game on the unsuspecting Te'o. 

"He (Ronaiah) told me that Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim," said the unidentified woman. "The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie. He was crying, he was literally crying, he's like 'I know, I know what I have to do.'

"It's not only Manti, but he was telling me that it's a lot of other people they had done this to."

The woman whose photos were portrayed as Lennay Kekua was identified by Inside Edition as Diane O'Meara. Her lawyer told the program that her client is also a victim and that her photos were stolen and used to create the illusion of Te'o's girlfriend.

Via Shelley Smith/ESPN