Tim Poe photo at America’s Got Talent not him, but denies allegations that he is fraud, plans to sueBy Angel Cuala on Jun 8, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States •
Updated: June 9, 2012 3:30 p.m.
The supposed photo of America’s Got Talent‘s contestant Tim Poe that was displayed in the show, as shown below, during his audition is not him, but he denied allegations that he is fraud and that he even plans legal actions to those who accused him of lying.
Photo of Sgt. Norman Bone, which was used during
Tim Poe’s audition at America’s Got Talent
Image Credit: Defense.gov
According to TMZ on Thursday, June 7, 2012, the soldier on the said photo is Staff Sgt. Norman Bone, who talked to them and said that his ex-wife was watching the show and saw the photo. He said he thought it was a tribute to the troops.
“I’m absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day.” Sgt. Bone told TMZ, with the photo also posted at the official website of U.S. Department of Defense, where a caption said that the soldier on that photo is U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone and that it was taken in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2006.
As noted in the report, Sgt. Bone currently serves in El Paso, Texas, and told them that he does not know Tim Poe, who gained fame last Monday when he auditioned at America’s Got Talent and won the hearts of millions after he sang Garth Brooks‘ “If Tomorrow Never Comes“.
During the interview, Poe told the judges that he served the US military for 14 years but his career ended in 2009 after he got hit by a grenade in Afghanistan and one of the reasons why he is stuttering most of the time; but was later contradicted by the Minnesota National Guard.
Meanwhile, Tim Poe also talked to TMZ on Wednesday and categorically denied that he lied on his story he told on the show, insisting that he received treatment at a military medical facility in Afghanistan before being transferred to a medical center in Landstuhl, Germany.
The 35-year old singing soldier, who said he plans to sue those who says he is lying, also claimed that he was then transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, but noted that he has no proof to show, saying that reporting soldiers’ injuries in Afghanistan is endemic.
As of this writing, NBC and ‘America’s Got Talent‘ have not yet released any statement regarding the controversy; while below is the video of Poe‘s audition on the show and the controversial photo can be seen at the 1:10 mark.
Tim Poe sings “If Tomorrow Never Comes” at America’s Got Talent audition
Video Credit: AwesomeArtistsLive/YouTube/NBC
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