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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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76.

CutTheCrap    

Well, well looks like AGT threw homie under the bus!

835 days ago
77.

itok    

Go to NYpost.com he apologizes and tells about the mix up

835 days ago
78.

Butterfly    

I AM ASHAMED TO ADMIT I, too , bought his sob story with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes!!! This phony, deliberately, insulted every one of our truly brave and honorable fighting men and women who are out there protecting all of us from s*** like him!!! This is one of the most deplorable and reprehensible persons ever to disgrace our beloved country and our beloved flag, all for WHAT??? A few minutes on TV hoping for a contract??? He further disgraced and insulted every one of our heros who returned to their families in body bags, broken bodies, broken spirits, broken minds and never again return to their former selves. There is NO PUNISHMENT TOO SEVERE for the lies he so boldly uttered in the faces of our American citizens. There are dozens of unprintable words to describe this piece of trash. We all know what they are, don't we!!! Hopefully, he will suffer nightmares for the rest of his pitiful life and, MORE!!!

835 days ago
79.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

I'll bet the treasonous o humpers at NBSLEAZE used it without asking him, they do crap like that all the time and just figure everyone's too stupid to fact check... I see this stuff all the time on the MSM, they pick things off the net like they're the first people to discover it and it's getting beyond sad. I mean I got here through a FOX News link, TMZ from FOX NEWS and then they link to ABSLEAZE and ABSLEAZE links to MSNBSLEAZE and all the stuff was on blogs two weeks before they show it. They're lazy and partisan beyond belief into treasonville.

835 days ago
80.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Looks like it's now "America's sick in the head to be celebrities" Not "Americas got talent".

835 days ago
81.

tinamengerink    

Now this just straight up pisses me off! I have a son serving in Afghanistan who has lost 4 friends, had 2 critically injured and has himself almost been blown up TWICE! And another son leaving for basic in 7 days...this guy need some kind of reprimand from the military for lying for sure!

835 days ago
82.

DaveT    

..." 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...."
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Hahah are they kidding? This dude Norman will get massive nationwide attention now and love every minute of it.
Probably poppin' a champagne bottle as we comment :D
This whole thing is overblown, just because the lie included the military...Who cares?
Military is just the military, not some sacred entity or God that we're supposed to worship and protect from...speech :D

835 days ago
83.

Butterfly    

ATTENTION: THE WORD I USED WHICH WAS BLOCKED OUT WAS "S-C-U-M" AND CERTAINLY N-O-T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE !!! Shame on TMZ!!!

835 days ago
84.

Christi    

There's more. He was the lead singer of a metal band based out of Minnesota for four years. I did some googling and found their web-site with a slew up obscene photos. Proof that he lied about discovering his singing in the shower and through the speech therapist. The wife did say he disappeared to minn., maybe she was right about everything. This guy is a total idiot if we can google for 10 mins and find pictures.

835 days ago
85.

jisrahr2    

they should kick his fake ass off the show

835 days ago
86.

Kelli    

But was this guy really a soldier? Is that a lie?

835 days ago
87.

Joao    

TMZ WHY ARE YOU BEING SO STUPID? SOMEONE POSTED THAT THE PICTURE WASN'T OF THAT POE GUY.

835 days ago
88.

james    

This punk needs his ass kicked and sent to war to see what us veterans have to live though to be called a veteran. People like him should be put in jail or made to go in the arm forces. But then again I don't what chicken **** pu##ies like him defending my freedom. Thank you SSgt Bone for your service and **** you Poe your a coward.

835 days ago
89.

Cricket    

Shame on you Tim. What you've done is abysmal. To Staff Sgt. Bone, still glad we got to see your pic, you're a very handsome man. God bless you and all the servicemen and women. Thank you for your service. Tim may not appreciate you all, but many of us certainly do!

835 days ago
90.

Eddie    

This guy is a complete idiot and is going to suffer some major consequences.

835 days ago
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