‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Tim Poe Caught in Elaborate Lie About Military Past
Country contestant Tim Poe won the judges over on 'America's Got Talent' on Monday (June 4) with his rendition of 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' by Garth Brooks. The fact that Poe stuttered and claimed to be suffering from brain damage as a result of serving his country in Afghanistan helped to win people over even more, since America (and reality competition show judges in general) love an underdog or a heartwarming story. However, it seems that Poe may not have been entirely truthful about his injuries.
Poe claimed that he had sustained brain damage and developed a stutter after being injured in a grenade attack. However, according to Zap2It, media outlets such as Rickey.org and the Associated Press uncovered the truth -- the fact that Poe's military records show nothing of the sort. There is a major discrepancy between his file and the story he told on TV.
The Minnesota National Guard told Yahoo! TV, "Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports."
There is also no record of Poe serving his country for 14 years, either. His file states that he was a supply specialist for nine years, but was not the recipient of a Purple Heart, which is awarded to all military members injured in combat. His ex-wife confirmed he has no combat injuries and that he developed a "feel sorry for me stutter."
And as if that's not bad enough, the photo of 'Poe' in combat shown on the network during the singer's intro story is not him at all -- it's Sgt. Norman Bone. TMZ reports that when Bone first heard that his photo had been used on TV -- framed as someone else -- he was livid. And understandably so.
"First thing that came to my mind was 'Why would this lying son of a b---- do this?'" Bone told TMZ. "I'm absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day."
As the 'America's Got Talent' contestant is quickly learning, fabricating your history on national television is a surefire way to, you know, get caught.
Watch Tim Poe on 'America's Got Talent'