America’s Got Talent 2012 contestant Timothy Poe says brain damage is to blame for getting the facts wrong in his story about being wounded on duty in Afghanistan. According to Timothy Poe, he didn’t really lie about being wounded in combat, he simply can’t remember what is real and what isn’t.
During his audition on America’s Got Talent 2012, Timothy Poe claimed he had a stutter as a result of an injury suffered during combat while serving in Afghanistan. He also claimed that he only started singing as part of speech therapy to help him overcome his stutter.
Yet, when he walked off stage, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon noted that Timothy Poe’s stutter vanished. “I think we was so caught up in the moment, he forgot to stutter,” Cannon told reporters.
Shortly after the America’s Got Talent Timothy Poe audition aired, large holes started appearing in his story about being wounded in combat. According to military records, Timothy Poe served only one month in Afghanistan and was sent home due to an ear infection. Poe also reportedly played in a band for quite a few years when he was younger, putting the lie to his claim he never sang before he was injured.
To add major insult to non-existent injuries, the photo Timothy Poe submitted to America’s Got Talent and media sources showing himself as a soldier in Afghanistan was actually of someone else, Staff Sgt. Norman Bone. By the way, Staff Sgt. Bone is really not amused about having his photo used to perpetuate the whole Timothy Poe scam. I’d kind of like see what would happen if those two ended up alone together in a dark alley…
Now the America’s Got Talent 2012 contestant has issued a pseudo apology for the lies about his military service, which he claims were not intentional. In an interview with The New York Post, Timothy Poe admitted his story “may not have happened exactly like I said it did.”
Poe continues to claim a “blast” still went off near his head while he was in the military, leaving him with brain damage. Due to this, he says he really does “not remember a lot of things since the accident.” Poe, whom friends say is near suicidal over the whole media mess, says he wanted to “take the time to tell the American people how truly sorry I am that they had to endure the incomplete facts. I understand how they feel.”
“I really don’t know right now what’s reality and what’s not reality,” Poe said in an on-camera interview with a Dallas news program this past weekend. “I don’t feel like I’ve lied. That’s what’s driving me crazy, because I truly thought things have happened to me…. I really am sorry.”