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Stuttering 'AGT' Contestant

I'm Not a F-F-F-FRAUD!

6/6/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Timothy Poe
-- the stuttering "America's Got Talent" contestant who says he developed his speech impediment from a war injury in Afghanistan -- is firing back at allegations he made up the whole thing ... telling TMZ, his injury and stutter are 100% legit.

Poe's audition aired Monday night -- the singer told the judges about a 2009 incident when he sustained serious injuries during an RPG blast in Afghanistan.

Poe spoke with a pronounced stutter during the audition -- which he claims he developed as a result of his war injuries.

But reports surfaced yesterday that the singing veteran was full of crap -- because no such RPG injuries were ever reported.

Poe tells TMZ, the fact that there is no record of the incident is a common problem -- one that Poe says is endemic when it comes to reporting soldiers' injuries in Afghanistan.

We asked Tim to prove it really happened.  He said he received treatment at a military medical facility in Afghanistan before being transferred to a medical center in Landstuhl, Germany. Tim says he was then transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  He did not produce any documents to support his claim.

Tim says he plans to sue his ex-wife and several others for telling the media he was lying.

We asked Tim for ANY hard proof to back his claims -- he gave us nothing, saying he can't release pics or documents for legal reasons. So we gotta ask ... 


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Real or fake, I don't care but seriously TMZ, making fun of stuttering issues for a catchy title?

You have absolutely no class at all. What's next? Throwing around the term mentally retarded because you think it's humorous? Pathetic.

681 days ago


I know first hand that people who stutter (like people with foreign accents .. they disappear when singing) do not do so when they sing. OK, so we can buy that. PLEASE produce your med records; you ARE allowed to do so, even if the government isn't. FOR ONCE, prove the media wrong. If you cannot because you lied? F U

681 days ago


He may be faking, but no big's a TV talent show :D
Plenty of room for speech impediment rock, real or not:
B-b-b-baby you just ain't seen nothin' yet...
T-t-t-they say heart of rock n roll is still beatin'...
I'm a scatman! bi di bi di do bap bam do....

681 days ago


Since he is someone who served this country I think at the very least he has earned that we wait to judge until this is proven either way.

Plus this could be an emotional thing...his stutter I mean. It could be mental. Anyone see "The Kings Speech".

I'm not going to talk smack about a soldier until it's proven he has it coming.

681 days ago


LIAR - and was a profeesional lead singer - so he knew he could sing - even thought he said he didnt and his pathologist made the suggestion.

Tim poe (L) was lead singer of Crawl Space for four years. (Photo: MySpace)

681 days ago


for this guys sake i hope his story is true, because there's going to be a lot of pissed off Americans after him! If he turns out not true, he should be shipped over seas and have his story be reality!

681 days ago


Eh, could be either way, but I was I'm Iraq in 2004, and you can't show proof for every single time u get mortared. That would be unrealistic, the sirens go off every night on certain bases. Sometimes the sirens go off when there is even a threat of getting hit. The Iraqis would drive up in these mercadies trucks point randomly at different spots on base pull the trigger then drive off before we can get to them. Sometimes the only way we knew if we got hit was if our chow hall was gone in the morning, or a portajohn taken out. He could be telling the truth.

681 days ago



681 days ago


Tragic rather it's real or not. If he's lying, shame on him. There are many men/women who were injured or killed and it's disrespectful to those who were honestly wounded. God bless our troops! Thank you for your service.

681 days ago

Jessica Robbins    

If officers only lie and not enlisted men, then why is the whole entire group he was with calling him a liar? Why are there pictures of him singing in a band, when he said he only recently found out he could sing in the shower? Why is his son calling him a liar saying he never heard him stutter? If your telling the truth then thank you for your service. If your lying, coming from the sister of an injured Marine, I hope you feel bad for the rest of your life for how shamful your being. I put the article with the picture below.

Article where his friends from Afghanatan call him a liar.

Maybe our friends and family that are over there should claim they have a bad ear infection so they can get sent home too. Highly dissapointed.

681 days ago


his band:

681 days ago


first off his stutter is real and it doesn't take much to cause one.

He is also right about the military loosing records. They did in the first golf war and NAM and Korea and WW 2...

Sometimes the only way to track injuries is by where the persons dd214 says they were. Hell not like there hasn't been 100's of stories done on this problem in the last 10 years with Vets not getting money they earned because some paper pusher forgot to mark a box on a form.

Take this story down unless you have REAL proof he is lying. Its disrespectful to all service members to call one a liar because they don't have enough to make you happy or want their dd214 all over the ****ing internet..

Hell a good friend had to as for a dd214 audit for retirement reasons and found he was owed 3 medals..

681 days ago

NoUse ForAName    

That picture is NOT. Tim Poe. He never left the wire how would he have a picture outside of it? I gather you grabbed it from a previous news outlet because that's the one he provided. Maybe snag one from his former band's MySpace page. They're called Crawlspace-out of Rochester, MN.

681 days ago

Philip Jones    

MN National Guard has confirmed the whole story is BS and his guard members claimed he went home due to an ear infection.

681 days ago


I personally know Mr. Tim, LOL. I met him 11 years ago in 2001 when he worked with my mom for a telecommunications company. He was not in the military to my knowledge. He was married at the time and having an affair with a friend of mine. He was a big time liar then, and so I am only to assume he still is. His claims that he didn't realize he could sing until his "accident" is total bull. Being a military wife I am a bit offended by his lies this time.

681 days ago
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