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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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106.

Jim    

FPOS!!!

805 days ago
107.

Tanya    

WHAT A DISGRACE! The show producers of America's Got Talent should invite this U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone to their show and face up with this COWARD! I would to see this IDIOT'S reaction.....PRICELESS!!!

805 days ago
108.

jr.d    

I did HR for a small company. More than half the resumés I vetted had lies in them. Just because you told FedEx where to place the box does not mean you have supervisory skills.

805 days ago
109.

FoXXXeLayD    

Timothy should be ashamed of himself!! SMH....

805 days ago
110.

FoXXXeLayD    

They should invite Norman to the show and have the contestants sing one or some of his favorite songs

805 days ago
111.

Charlie    

I think this is getting made way bigger than it is. Timothy Poe never stated that was him in the pics. The pics and the editing was done by the show and I bet he had no hand in the making of the interview.

Folks are quick to jump without looking. His story may be true. It is the show how should get the heat and not Mr. Poe for using images without permissions.

805 days ago
112.

Tony    

I'm not quick to judge, but I just don't get the "brain injury caused by a grenade blast" which makes him stutter. If he had a head injury that bad it would look like mine. I saw no evidence of a scar or any damage. I had a brain aneurysm 3 years ago and have a nice 9" scar across my head. But at least I don't go around making people feel sorry for my ass. If that story is real he needs to pull the hat off and show a battle scar. If not he's full of ****.

804 days ago
113.

Tony    

I'm not quick to judge but I just don't buy the "brain injury caused by a grenade blast" that causes him to stutter. Think about it. A grenade blast that caused a brain injury would leave some battle scars. I see none. I have a 9" scar on my head caused by a brain aneurysm but at least I don't go around making people feel sorry for my ass. If you don't have any battle wounds, you are full of ****. Really sad story

804 days ago
114.

fritz    

from this aint hell; http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=30276&cpage=3#comment-632018

Bill Andersoot Says:
June 7th, 2012 at 9:54 pm
Here’s the website for the band Tim Poe’s doctor told him to form years before he started stuttering. http://webpages.charter.net/crawlspace/bio.htm

804 days ago
115.

Butterfly    

THIS IS FOR KELLY. Thanks for taking time to respond to my post! Glad you cleared that up! I appreciate it more than I can say! Thanks, again!

804 days ago
116.

IceGypsy    

They need to dump his disrespectful lying ass off the show.

804 days ago
117.

hapegoluky    

That guy needed a compelling story or he wouldn't have made it past the audition. He's good but not great. I hate to say it but when he walked off the stage he told his wife and Nick Cannon how happy he was and I noticed and Nick said "You didn't stutter at all when you said that" then I knew for sure. He's famous now!

804 days ago
118.

Jordan    

The worst part about this moron if he would of told the truth about himself to begin with he would not be on sites like TMZ he would be preparing for AGT, but instead he came up with a riddiculous story and he comes off looking like a jerk off.

804 days ago
119.

santini04    

I like how everyone thinks they know the facts and that everyone has to have a opinion about how horrible this guy is. Yes I am a little disappointed that he may have made up this story but the facts are still to be told here. Everyone is getting the story from so many angles that who knows what version is correct. He is still a combat veteran and he most likely still suffers from PTSD like allot of veterans. Please do not throw veterans under the bus because you think that we are a bunch of lairs. I love my country that I served and I would volunteer again if I could. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

804 days ago
120.

santini04    

I like how everyone thinks they know the facts and that everyone has to have a opinion about how horrible this guy is. Yes I am a little disappointed that he may have made up this story but the facts are still to be told here. Everyone is getting the story from so many angles that who knows what version is correct. He is still a combat veteran and he most likely still suffers from PTSD like allot of veterans. Please do not throw veterans under the bus because you think that we are a bunch of lairs. I love my country that I served and I would volunteer again if I could. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

804 days ago
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