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Singing Vet on 'AGT' Caught Using Fake Photo
The 'America's Got Talent' contestant submitted a photo
of another soldier
"First thing that came to my mind was 'Why would this lying son of a b---- do
this?'" Bone, who serves in El Paso, Texas, told TMZ. "I'm absolutely furious.
Been seeing red all day."
The photo has been
posted on the Department of Defense's website, bearing 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."
The caption goes on to identify Bone as "a patrol leader for the 561st
Military Police Company, Fort Campbell, Ky., attached to 10th Mountain
A spokesman for FremantleMedia, "America's Got Talent's" production company,
apologized for the error in a statement provided to TheWrap, noting that the
photo "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."
The latest revelation adds further fuel to speculation that Poe is
embellishing his military record.
During his audition, Poe claimed that he sustained brain damage that left him
with a speech impediment from a grenade blast while serving. However, a
spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard refuted
Poe's claim, saying that, while Poe did serve his country
overseas, there is no record of the injury he described on the show.
"His military records indicate that he served with the Minnesota National
Guard in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007 until July 15, 2008, and was deployed to
Afghanistan from July 28, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2009," Minnesota National Guard
spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson said in a statement. "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. The Minnesota National
Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds
sustained in combat."
Poe has maintained that his story is true.
Watch Poe's audition -- complete with use of the photo, at approximately the
1:30 mark -- below.