Timothy Poe, the “America’s Got Talent” contestant who’s been accused of lying about his military service record, will soon be eliminated from the NBC competition show, according to a story posted on the Fox News Channel Web site.
And in another new development, prosecutors in Denton, Texas, say they possess a warrant for Poe’s arrest, stemming from a nearly 10-year-old assault charge for which Poe never showed up in court. You can read that story here.
Meanwhile, the Fox News story — here — quotes a spokesman for a Facebook-based veterans’ group as saying he knows that Poe “gets eliminated [from "AGT"] anyway, and very soon, and that is possibly why NBC hasn’t pushed the subject.”
The spokesman is identified as Anthony Anderson Jr., “manager” of a Facebook community called Stolen Valor, a self-styled group that checks up on public statements made by vets who claim to have sustained combat injuries and/or participation in acts of heroism. And when the group finds a claim is untrue, it publicizes that fact on its Facebook page.
The story goes into considerable detail in debunking Poe’s claims, which were broadcast as part of his backstory when he appeared on “AGT” and sang the Garth Brooks song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” last Monday night.
“We created Stolen Valor to out people who falsely claim military service and/or claim unauthorized medals,” Anderson said in the Fox News story. “We have found out that [Poe] only served one month in Afghanistan, and left due to an ear infection. He has also said that he never sang before, but we were contacted by an ex-band member who said they performed together for six years.”
A spokesman for a National Guard unit in Minnesota is also quoted refuting Poe’s injury claims. “After researching documents Mr. Poe provided media, he appears to lack the required justification to conclusively prove his injuries are combat related,” said the National Guard spokesman. “Sgt. Poe’s military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat. There is no Minnesota National Guard official record that indicates Mr. Poe sustained combat injuries in Iraq, as he reported.”
For his part, Poe is struggling to explain his claims, most notably appearing on a Dallas TV station — WFAA-TV — late last week in an interview in which he cried and seemed to state that he “believed” his stories to be true, but also seemed to blame unspecified head trauma for causing his confusion. We posted a story on that HERE. And you can watch the WFAA interview HERE.
The question now is: How will “AGT” address the controversy when it returns Monday night at 8/7c on NBC?