Country music singer Timothy Poe, who originally impressed the America’s Got Talent (AGT) judges, will not be heading to New York.
Poe, 35, came onto the talent contest program with stories about how he received a brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan, and after a while people began to question his honesty.
“My (military) career was ended in 2009,” Poe said. “I had got hit by a grenade in Afghanistan, and it broke my back and gave me a brain injury so that’s the reason why I stutter.”
However, according to the Minnesota National Guard records they did not have any records to support his story. Their records do indicate that he served in Afghanistan for about a month, but there was not any record about him being injured or receiving a Purple Heart.
“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,” Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, said in a statement to the AP.
Poe, who resides in Texas, later told WFAA-TV in Dallas that he believed he was telling the truth but doesn’t know what is real, reports AP
“America’s Got Talent” will continue June 28, with a two-hour episode at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.