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Subscriber active since. A catfish is someone who uses a false identity online , particularly to pursue a deceptive virtual romance. The sources declined to speak on the record, but they were all familiar with the reason Sassa's career at Hearst ended. The messages allegedly showed Sassa offering money and drugs to Kira in an effort to convince her to come visit him in a hotel on Christmas Day in One source tells Business Insider that she is the woman featured in a photograph attached to one of the texts.
The woman tells us she never met Sassa, never exchanged texts with him, and has a different phone than the one associated with the texts. She says she never heard of Sassa until Business Insider broke the news of Sassa's texts earlier this week.
The woman — who we decided not to name because she does not want to be associated with the messages — says she was formerly friends with the man who obtained Sassa's texts and sent them to Hearst. She believes Sassa was taken in by a catfish scam and that at no time was a woman named "Kira" ever going to show up to meet Sassa.
A second source tells us that the phone used in the scam was not owned by Kira, and that Kira did not pay the bill on the phone either. The phone for Kira that was sent to Hearst when the company began its legal investigation of Sassa is associated with Ben Free, the boyfriend, according to copies of s viewed by Business Insider.
Lastly a third source tells us that when Sassa saw photos of the woman identified as Kira in the texts, he did not recognize her — and in fact thought he was communicating with an entirely different person throughout. We reported ly that the messages caught Sassa at a time when he was feeling particularly lonely — he was in a hotel room in Los Angeles, far from his New York home, and not able to spend Christmas with his children.
It is not clear who, exactly, was texting Sassa on Christmas night. But the messages end with Kira telling Sassa that she cannot meet him because her car battery died. There is no indication that Sassa ever met the woman.
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Hearst Exec May Have Been Victim Of 'Catfish' Sexting Scam