America's Got a Talented Liar?
National Guard asserts stuttering country singer never injured by grenade
The stuttering country singer who wooed the crowd and judges on "America's Got Talent" is apparently a fraud.
Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe, who introduced himself during the first night of auditions in Austin on Monday night, said he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan in 2009. He said the brain injury he received was responsible for his stutter, and that he only started singing after it was recommended to him as a form of speech therapy.
“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,” a spokesman for the Guard said in a widely reported statement.
Exactly what else is not true about the story is unclear. Records indicated that Poe did serve as a supply specialist for the Guard from Dec. 2002 through May 2011, a month of which he served in Afghanistan in 2009.
However, AGTNews adds that his ex-wife, an Air Force veteran, claims Poe is a compulsive liar whom she "never heard have a stutter like (he had on the show)."
On his Sirius radio show, Howard Stern blasted Poe this morning.
"You never lie about your military service," he said. "This lie is wrong on so many levels … This really sickens me."
"America's Got Talent" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
It is funny that Howard Stern was "sickened" by it though, considering his antics over the years. That's showbiz, I guess.
I happened to see the show and I also was moved by his story.
If he IS LYING about his service he must be disqualified immediately. Hopefully the show will do a real thorough investigation before throwing him under the bus. Just be sure first.
If he is LYING then his wife is complicit in his lies as well.
I hope to God he is telling the truth.
It just kills me that stupid people go onto reality shows with interesting/ sad/ sob stories that are complete lies and don't think that they will get caught. Really? The Internet makes it almost impossible for these kinds of things to be gotten away with. Coming for a proud military family with a family member over in Afghanistan right now, this guy's lie pisses me off to no end. However, there are asshats in every profession and the military, unfortunately, isn't immune.
If all this can be proven then he should not be able to contiue on the show. No matter how great of a singer when one makes false statements of military injuries for some form of support they need to taken off the show. Any one that is caught in lies on shows like AGT need to be taken down.
After reading other comments, I hope that there is more investigation into his story. Even if records of his injury is not found there will be medical records that need to be completed while in hospital. If these records are not found the whole story is false. Or maybe our military is just incompetent in record keeping.
I just wonder why we funnelled hard earned American workers money to the likes of Manuel Noriega, Osama bin Ladin, Gadafi, Mubarik(?) and many others that the US now do not support because they are now dead or in prison.
I believe the term is stolen valor. If this is true he should not only be disqualified but he should be prosecuted!
Other than the fact that my daughter currently serves in the US ARMY reserve and I am ex-military myself and lying about your service is wrong on soooo many levels, does anybody remember the movie "PRIMAL FEAR" ?? Thats what the stutter reminded me of, anyone else ???
If it is not true and he is a liar would some local Marines please visit him and explain to him ( as only a marine can do) why you do not lie about things like this. this guy needs to take a long look at himself and then go underground because he is gonna catch hell.