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Manti Te'o Hoax

Woman in Cemetery Pic

Denies Connection

1/18/2013 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0118_donna_tei_videoDonna Tei -- whose picture was used as part of the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax -- says she and her family have never met the Notre Dame star and have no idea how she got roped into the scam. 

As TMZ first reported, a Notre Dame superfan (who we're calling "Jan") says she struck up an online friendship with a person claiming to be U'ilani Rae Kekua -- the older sister of Te'o's dead "girlfriend," Lennay Kekua.

U'ilani later sent a photo to Jan showing a woman at a cemetery -- and told her, "This is me and my family at Lennay's gravesite. We're spending the day here."

But the woman in the photo couldn't have been U'ilani -- 'cause U'ilani doesn't really exist.

TMZ tracked down the actual woman in the photo -- Donna Tei -- who lives in Carson, CA. When we asked Donna and her father if they had a connection to Te'o, he told us, "We don't even know the guy."

Tei's father went on to explain the photo is of his daughter, Donna, and his wife. He claims the pic was stolen off of Facebook.

So how -- and why -- did "Lennay" decide to steal Donna's cemetery pics? We would ask Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, but he seems to have gone into hiding.

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47 COMMENTS

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1.

none415    

Ok this story is weird.. confusing!!!

645 days ago
2.

The Love Sponge    

Ricka Racker Fire Cracker Sis Boom Ba He's Gay He's Gay Ra! Ra! Ra! Go Manti Te'O!

645 days ago
3.

Kris Jenner and Kim K = money hungry plastic sellouts.    

Donna Tei
Manti Te'o
U'ilani Rae Kekua
Lennay Kekua

real people, fake people & too many similar lookin weird names to keep up with this mess.

im confused!

645 days ago
4.

Phreaky    

FFS enough of this effing story! WHO CARES!

645 days ago
5.

oneflypr    

who the hell cares about this bullsh*t.... post something more important than this crap!!!!

645 days ago
6.

solikkaer    

Manti Teʻo New Girlfriend Hoax Photos and Video Revealed Here http://tiny.cc/Manti-Teo-Girlfriend

645 days ago
7.

Marilyn    

The football player wanted fame & money like Lance Armstrong.
He lied.

645 days ago
8.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Why are these people always all fixed up when they are caught up with? If someone happened to catch me by surprise I could be in sweatpants, a t-shirt and flip-flops.

645 days ago
9.

Amy    

Good god damn, ENOUGH ready with this non-story. Can you please quit cramming it in our faces? Geez, isn't ANYTHING else happening???

645 days ago
10.

happyday    

Somebody needs to find Pookah. I bet Pookah could shed some light on this cluster****! I hope she didn't really die from Lupus.

645 days ago
11.

CelticOne    

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is gong to destroy Manti and his future... a-hole!

645 days ago
12.

Twiz    

Hate to tell ya Harvey, but TMZ is not the ones that first reported anything, are not the ones that tracked anyone down. Others reported ALL THAT first. Also we are all SICK AND TIRED of this STUPID F'ING STORY!!! Enough already!!

645 days ago
13.

EasilyHard    

This whole thing smells like fresh garbage

645 days ago
14.

Gretel    

This is such a non-story but just for the fact that you know there's an even more bizarre turn of events just around the corner it's like a trainwreck that you just can't turn away from.

645 days ago
15.

anony    

WHY isn't anyone checking if he's ever had a girlfriend in his life? Ever. In Hawaii? At Notre Dame? It's a simple question.

645 days ago
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