Don’t go on national television and tell bold faced lies because eventually someone will call you on your bull. That is what country singer Timothy Poe is learning from his appearance this past Monday on America’s Got Talent. Just before his audition, Poe told a touching story about how he was injured in Afghanistan in 2009. He claimed he was hit by a grenade and came away with a brain injury that caused him to stutter. Poe stuttered while speaking, but not while singing, and his performance (plus story) garnered him an easy “yes” from all three judges. The problem? So far, Poe only has vague paperwork to back up his claim of injury and his ex-wife is telling the media that he is a pathological liar who never had a real stutter or combat injuries (of course she could just be bitter about the divorce).
The next log on the fire was the realization that some of the photos used in the back-story piece that played during Tim’s audition, are not actually Tim. They are of Staff Sergeant Norman Bone. Bone says he’s never heard of Poe before this and is considering his legal options. The America’s Got Talent people apologized to Norman Bone and promised never to use the picture again. They swear they got the photo from Tim in good faith and had no reason to suspect that it was not correct. Tim claims he just accidentally sent the wrong picture from his hard drive.
In the meantime, the “New York Post” says that Tim Poe sent them his official retirement orders and they seem to back up his story. An Army spokesperson says that Poe was in Afghanistan for less than a month, and their records are incomplete, so they can’t confirm any details.