On Monday, America’s Got Talent was introduced to Timothy Poe, a vet who developed a speech impediment as a result of an RPG blast in Afghanistan. At least according to him. On Tuesday, TMZ asked Tim to backup his claims since the Minnesota National Guard said the blast never happened. He couldn’t. Probably because he made it all up. It’s not even clear if he even has a stutter.
On the same Tuesday, Staff Sgt. Norman Bone, who was told by a friend to watch the segment, realized the photo Tim used was actually of himself and pulled from the US Department of Defense website.
Bone — who currently serves in El Paso, TX — tells us, “First thing that came to my mind was ‘Why would this lying son of a bitch do this?’” … adding, “I’m absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day.”
America’s Got Talent has since issued an apology and is axing Tim’s appearances from the show. It’s not clear whether he’ll be allowed to continue but it’s doubtful it’ll make a difference. People don’t take kindly to frauds. Especially ones who barely served in Afghanistan before they were medivac’d out for an ear infection.
Now, not unexpectedly, him and his family have been getting death threats.
We’re told Poe’s sister-in-law went to the store Thursday with her kids and someone came up to them and said, “We’re going to kill you and the whole family.”
Several family members have received phone calls. We’re told Poe’s fiancee answered the phone (after Poe’s number was leaked on social media) and the caller said, “You made American vets look bad and now you’re going to suffer.”
And we’re told another vet called to warn that he and others would be coming to Poe’s house, so “watch out.”
A family member claims Poe has become suicidal and has been “crying incessantly.” Aww, poor widdle baby.
So the moral of this story is: don’t claim to be a war vet when you got an “ear infection” to get out of serving and don’t claim you got a bunch of medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart because those things can be verified and when they are, real soldiers will threaten to kill you.