‘War hero’ Timothy Poe confesses he fibbed on ‘America's Got Talent’

‘War hero’ Timothy Poe confesses he fibbed on ‘America's Got Talent’

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jun 07, 2012 at 12:50 PM PDT
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Timothy Michael Poe LIES on Americas Got Talent

Report By: Nina Rai

Los Angeles, 07 June, 2012

It’s a known fact that to become a hit on reality television shows like ‘America’s Got Talent’ you got to have a tear-jerking story of immense personal distress …. Well at least doing so would most certainly help.

So you can imagine how everyone’s heart-strings were tugged by Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe when he narrated his life’s story to the judges, after rocking the auditions this week.

Timothy Poe actually succeeded in wowing the audience and judges at the ‘America's Got Talent’ show with his strong voice and emotional account of being wounded while in Afghanistan.

After the rendition of Garth Brooks' hit "If Tomorrow Never Comes," in a taped segment Timothy Poe spoke about the time he had spent in military service in Afghanistan.

The ‘War Hero’ recounted "I had volunteered for a team to go out and clear buildings and help out with the wounded. There was a guy who came up with a rocket-propelled grenade.

I saw it coming down, and by the time I turned and went to jump on top of my guys, I yelled 'grenade' and the blast had hit me." Heart wrenching stuff isn’t it?

Well, it did help Timothy Poe in being passed through to the next round of competition; in addition to being given three standing ovations as well.

Point is, was it factual account or was it all an act for the judges? Not strictly accurate reports E! Online.

The Minnesota National Guard, where Timothy Poe served, informed in a statement that his records do not match the account he gave on TV. It states: "Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009."

Records however, do indicate that Timothy Poe was in service, joining in 2002 and being sent to Kosovo between 2007 and 2008 and then spending a month in Afghanistan during 2009.

When the rumors surrounding Poe's story began to do the rounds, Howard Stern, one of the judges on ‘America's Got Talent,’ said on his Sirius XM radio show, this "really sickens me.” Later, when it was confirmed a shocked Stern said disdainfully: “You could be the most f**ked-up liar on the planet, but you never lie about military service. This lie is so wrong on so many levels."

Now even Timothy Poe confesses that the grenade attack, which he claimed caused his injuries, "may not have happened exactly how I explained it because I don't remember a whole bunch."

The above words have now come in defense to AGTNews.com, which learned that Poe's squad leader in Afghanistan posted on his Facebook page that Timothy Poe's story is "all a giant lie."

Meanwhile, Timothy Poe tried to justify his action to the host of You Served Podcast, C.J. Grisham: "It was just one of those things where you feel out of place and you want to feel like you were part of something."

When questioned whether he had given any wrong information to NBC, Poe answered, "Sure. It was a show. It wasn't out there to make anyone feel bad."

Source: Contactmusic/Global Christian Post

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Reports suggest Timothy Michael Poe lied on America's Got Talent show. He was never in the Army but he was in the National Guard. He was not injured in combat in fact he never served a defensive position and was only in Afghanistan for one month before he returned back home.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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