Is America’s Got Talent ‘War Hero’ Timothy Poe’s Story a Fraud?
Yesterday we shared with you the story of Timothy Poe, the stuttering, disabled veteran who electrified the judges and a worldwide audience on America's Got Talent on Tuesday night. He shared his story of serving overseas and of his injury he sustained in Afghanistan, which left him with a stutter.
But, according to multiple people, his story is entirely false.
Poe, who is from San Antonio and auditioned on the show in Austin, said on the show Tuesday he was in the National Guard and was injured from a grenade blast in Afghanistan. The injury left him with brain damage that affects his speech, often causing him to stutter. But when he sings, the stutter disappears.
But several sources have questioned and even gone as far to say his claims are fraudulent.
Minnesota National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Olson released this statement to multiple outlets today:
His military records indicate that he served with the Minnesota National Guard in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007 until July 15, 2008, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 28, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2009. 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. he Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat.”
His ex-wife told the New York Post: "There were no combat injuries. I think he developed a 'feel sorry for me' stutter."
Poe told TMZ he could not release any evidence supporting his case due to legal reasons, but he plans to sue his ex-wife and others for telling the media he was lying.
In case you missed it, here is Poe's audition on America's Got Talent: