A woman who was wrongly jailed after being framed by her ex-fiancé's wife in a sick rape fantasy scheme sobbed as she recalled her time in prison in an interview after being exonerated.
Michelle Hadley, 30, spent almost four months behind bars after being framed by her ex-fiance's wife Angela Diaz last year.
Diaz, 31, told police in Anaheim, California, she had been attacked by the woman and lied about being pregnant.
It was part of an elaborate and meticulously planned scheme against Hadley, an MBA student who was formerly engaged to her US Marshall husband Ian Diaz.
Hadley was freed last October and had all of the charges against her dropped. In a new episode of Dateline, she wept as she described the ordeal as a 'nightmare'.
'There were mornings when I would wake up and think "OK I'm going to wake up a second time, this is just a nightmare". And it wasn't. It was for real.'
Michelle Hadley wept as she described her time in prison in a recent interview with Dateline. She was framed by her ex-fiancé's wife last year
She added that being in prison made her feel 'like an animal'.
Hadley and Ian Diaz started dating in 2013 and later became engaged but broke up in August 2015. They maintained contact to discuss a condo they purchased together during the relationship but the communication ended in late 2015.
Diaz met the man at the start of 2016 on a dating website. They married a month later and she claimed she was pregnant with twins.
At the beginning of June 2016, Diaz reported receiving threatening messages from the woman including text messages and emails.
On June 24, she called police claiming to have been attacked in her garage. She had a ripped shirt and had bruises on her face.
She later pointed authorities to a Craiglist ad which had been posted under her name and which invited men to take part in a violent rape fantasy with her.
Hadley was set up by Angela Diaz (right). Diaz began dating Hadley's former fiance Ian (left together) six months after they broke up in 2015
The ad provided details of Diaz's daily routine and told the men to 'to have forcible sexual intercourse with [Diaz], even if she screamed or resisted.'
Diaz said Hadley (above in her driver's license) sent her threatening messages and emails
Diaz painted a picture that Hadley was not over their ended relationship and that she was trying to exact revenge for it on her ex's new wife.
She said Hadley created the listing, posing as her, for revenge. Hadley was arrested that night and had her bond set at $1million.
In October, evidence which suggested Hadley's innocence mounted and she was released from jail.
Her lawyer was able to prove that the messages had been sent from computers and cell phones linked to Diaz including her father's home in Arizona and her husband's condo.
It was later discovered she had been using third party proxies to try to disguise her identity.
Diaz claimed she was attacked in her garage by men she said Hadley had told to go to her home to rape her. She presented herself to police on June 24 with a ripped shirt and marks on her neck
Hadley was arrested in June last year (left) and spent three months in jail. She was exonerated in January (right)
She had spent 88 days behind bars accused of orchestrating a rape attack in which Diaz was the intended victim.
Hadley, an MBA student, was released in October and resumed a quiet life.
In January, all of the charges against her were dropped and Diaz was arrested. She now faces charges including 22 counts of reporting a false crime.
Hadley is now suing the Anaheim Police Department, claiming they failed to properly investigate the case.
Diaz denies the charges against her and is awaiting her next court date. Ian has filed for an annulment.