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Stuttering 'AGT' Contestant

Soldier Photo's A FAKE!!!

6/7/2012 10:05 AM PDT UPDATED: 6/7/2012 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Stuttering "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe is NOT the soldier in the photo displayed during his tearjerker audition this week -- it's someone else ... and the REAL soldier is pissed.

Staff Sgt. Norman Bone tells TMZ, he first heard about the photo from his ex-wife who was watching "AGT" -- Norman thought it was part of a tribute to the troops ... and didn't think twice about it.

Tuesday night, one of the guys Bone served with in Afghanistan sent him a message on Facebook -- telling him the "AGT" segment  was must-see TV ... so Bone finally checked it out online ... and now, he's livid. (Skip to 1:29 to see the photo)

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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."

Bone says he's never even heard of Timothy Poe -- and he's going to meet with the Army legal department to explore his options.

The photo in question was originally posted here -- on the U.S. Department of Defense website -- along with the caption, "U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone directs movement as his patrol turns around on a narrow path in the mountains of Parwan province in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2006."

Timothy Poe has insisted from the beginning his story is legit. We called him about the photo. He hasn't gotten back to us.

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12:40 PM PT: A rep for FreemantleMedia -- the production company behind "AGT" -- tells TMZ, "We sincerely apologize to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone for using a photo of him in our story on Tim Poe. It was supplied to us by Tim and used on the show in good faith. It has now been removed and will not be used again."

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1.

craig    

Send him to war if he wants to serve so bad he has to lie

831 days ago
2.

Nostradamus    

Busted!

831 days ago
3.

nolajasper    

way to go. to all the morons supporting him...HAHAHA YOU FKN JAKA$$E$. to TMZ, HOWARD STERN, STOLEN VALOR, and everyone else publiclly calling this moron out...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU...

831 days ago
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Slomoshun    

What a piece of ****. They should let Norman try to "fix" Tim's speech impediment.

831 days ago
5.

jdub    

Real piece of work this guy is. It's illegal to impersonate military, is it not?

831 days ago
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6one9    

That's what people`` do these days!!
`LIE```` to makes themselves look better!!
and there are never any consequences anymore!
Too bad b/c he's a decent singer!
#wearelivinginfluckeduptimes

831 days ago
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Amber    

Lying is one thing, but to actually taking it so far as to say you are someone else is just WRONG! This guy needs to be sent over seas so he can be shown what it's REALLY like to serve and be injured in the line of duty!!!!!!

831 days ago
8.

Chris    

Was wondering what a Guard soldier was doing with a 10th Mountain Division combat patch ...

831 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

i didn't think anybody thought it WAS him in that pic! ratings must really be low for the producers to allow such foolery

831 days ago
10.

St0ney    

Another Photo is Also a FAKE !

4th Photo Down

http://cryptome.org/info/af-war-arch-060...0/af-war-arch-06-02.htm

831 days ago
11.

DaveT    

It's a TV talent show...all of the sob stories are fake :D

831 days ago
12.

Jay    

Wow what a f*king s***bag. My guess is he will be booted from the show now for lying. Its not like anyone is going to vote for him.

831 days ago
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cT    

The pic looks like him, maybe they got the name wrong in the caption? If you zoom in to his face and compare it to the AGT vid I can see a resemblance...not sure tho??

831 days ago
14.

Meg    

What is wrong with people? Playing on people's respect/sympathy for injured veterans! That is despicable!

831 days ago
15.

Pat    

You should cite your sources.

831 days ago
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