Tim Poe - Ex-Wife Never Heard Him Stutter, America's Got Talent Repsonds

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Following up yesterday’s report that America’s Got Talent’s contestant, Timothy Poe lied about his military service for sympathy. His wife tells the New York Post that she never heard him stutter. Plus, America’s Got Talent producers said they first learned only yesterday that Poe had been lying.

Poe’s ex-wife, Kelly Ballard, said she has never heard her former spouse stutter like he did on the show.

“There were no combat injuries,” said Ballard from her Texas home. “I think he developed a ‘feel sorry for me’ stutter.”

Also, Ballard claims that he was the lead singer in a band called Crawlspace, contrary to Tim’s claim that he never sang until his speech therapist suggested he use singing as therapy for his stutter.

ETA: Ballard tells AGT news

Ballard says she caught her husband cheating in 1991 and after that the relationship headed straight down hill. “I had him arrested in June 2002 for domestic violence. After that, he vanished to Minnesota. He didn’t help out with our son at all.”

She also claims Poe has lied about his education.

“The whole time I have known him, I have never known him to be enrolled in any college,” she tells us. “There is a possibility he may have an associates degree from before I met him. On his Facebook page he says he has a Masters degree in project management.”

Oh, and that bit about how he never sang before a speech patholigist suggested it to help with the brain injury?

B.S., she says: he was the lead singer of a band in Rochester, Minnesota for four years.

Tim Poe was a guest yesterday on You Served podcast. Tim’s interview begins at the 105 mark. He’s sticking to his story, claiming that the army never got the proper paperwork together. He backpedals when confronted by statements that are contrary to his claims, but admits that he embellished his story. Also he admits that he doesn’t have a purple heart or a bronze star.

Howard Stern responds, presumably on this Sirius talk show.

“You could be the most f***ed up liar on the planet, but you never lie about your military service,” said Stern. “It messes it up for every real veteran who comes back from the war. Now no one believes you…This lie is so wrong on so many levels…This really sickens me…What as this guy thinking, that he was never going to be discovered?”

 
  • steph6449

    Copied over from yesterday’s older thread on this

    From comments at that Stolen Valor site: 

    You Served Radio got an exclusive interview with Poe tonight. He has admitted to lying about receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also admitted to embellishing about the RPG incident, but still insists it happened. The entire show is well worth listening to, but Poe’s interview begins at about 105:51.

    Timothy Poe gives an Interview….. around the 106 minute mark they interview him….around 115 min mark he admits he “embellished” his story and that there was innacurate information given because he wanted to be “cool”

    Link provided for the radio show.The interviewer says if Poe produces the documentation he claims he has, they will put it on the You Served Radio blog.

  • Banished

    So, I truly hope that he becomes disqualified!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Copied from other thread:

    More comments from Poe’s ex-wife here:

    http://www.agtnews.com/exclusive-tim-poes-wife-says-he-is-a-deadbeat-cheater-and-abusive?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exclusive-tim-poes-wife-says-he-is-a-deadbeat-cheater-and-abusive

    Kelly Ballard — an Air Force veteran — says Tim, 35, even got another woman pregnant while she was deployed for ten months to Iraq in 2003!

    “He ended up marrying her,” she tells AGTNews.com.  “They got divorced in March of this year.”
    …………….
    “My son (Isaac) is 11,” she says. “He knows everything out of (Tim’s) mouth is a lie.”

    Ballard says she caught her husband cheating in 1991 and after that the relationship headed straight down hill.  “I had him arrested in June 2002 for domestic violence.  After that, he vanished to Minnesota.  He didn’t help out with our son at all.”

    She also claims Poe has lied about his education.

    “The whole time I have known him, I have never known him to be enrolled in any college,” she tells us. “There is a possibility he may have an associates degree from before I met him.   On his Facebook page he says he has a Masters degree in project management.”

    Oh, and that bit about how he never sang before a speech patholigist suggested it to help with the brain injury?

    B.S., she says:  he was the lead singer of a band in Rochester, Minnesota for four years.

    So far, Poe has still declined to make any comments to the press.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks for posting that interview. Tim says that “it may not have happened exactly as I said”. Thanks, Tim. “Embellished” = “lying” = cool? Oh, sure. Tim is really trying to cover his ass in this interview and is still trying to manipulate his way out of admitting that he outright lied.

    “The interviewer says if Poe produces the documentation he claims he has, they will put it on the You Served Radio blog.”

    I’m not going to hold my breath that Tim comes up with that documentation.  ;)

    ETA:  When asked about who Tim was with when he sustained his “percussion” injury who could vouch for him, Tim only talks about people that he told about his injury and is vague and evasive about who he was actually with who could corroborate his story.

    (above post copied from previous thread on this topic)

  • Anonymous

    “To be cool”? Really Tim? How old are you dude?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    WOW!!! This went from bad to worse in a heartbeat. This is Stacy Francis X 20.
    And I really didn’t think anything was wrong with Stacy’s background when she was on X-Factor.

    Why are people so desperate for fame, that they would put their dignity and pride on the line by lying about themselves on National television? So sad how deep people go to get attention. Jesus…

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    OH MY GOD! What a freaking, compulsive, dirty, sneaky little serial motherf%$king liar he is. How does he go to bed at night, thinking he could get away with this? Is he that stupid, that he wouldn’t think he would be found out about this? He knows TMZ and E! exists, right?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Howard Stern commented on Tim Poe (I assume on his radio show):

    http://www.examiner.com/article/howard-stern-sickened-by-agt-war-veteran-fraud-tim-poe

    As of late Tuesday night, NBC had “no comment” on the story, but Howard Stern had plenty to say Wednesday morning. 

    “You could be the most f***ed up liar on the planet, but
    you never lie about your military service,” said Stern. “It messes it up
    for every real veteran who comes back from the war. Now no one believes
    you…This lie is so wrong on so many levels…This really sickens
    me…What as this guy thinking, that he was never going to be
    discovered?”

    Stern says that he fell hard for Poe’s sob story:

    “They didn’t even show my whole speech to him…I thought I
    was about to lose it and cry for the guy. That’s how upset I was for
    him.”

  • guinness 416

    What a hilarious, delicious trainwreck.  Why do these loons do things like this, how did he think he was going to get away with it!  Now every neighbour whose puppy he didn’t pet or who didn’t get a wave when passing him on the sidewalk is going to be out on local news whining self righteously about what a bad person he is.  He’s likely to have a miserable near future.

  • Anonymous

    So, just to sum up:  Adulterer, deadbeat dad, and pathological liar.

    Wow, AGT’s screening process is really thorough.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like this guy is a lying douchebag.

  • Anonymous

    He is a better actor then singer I would say.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    My reaction was exactly like Howard Stern’s and I couldn’t wait to hear what he’d have to say about it.

    I was very suspicious of this guy for a variety of reasons. I felt bad for not being trusting, but his whole schtick seemed ‘borrowed from multiple places’ for lack of a better term.

  • Anonymous

    Wife beating, cheating, liar. What a winner. How gross. I imagine he will be disqualified before dinner.

  • Incipit

    ” I imagine he will be disqualified before dinner.”

    From what was posted on one of these threads, he was already cut in Vegas. (Because TPTB told him they didn’t want another white guy winner. Right.)

    Perhaps I would like to see consequences for such an egregious Liar, but I would also like to see AGT called out for foisting this con man on the public; either they didn’t do the screening job properly, or they were after the sensationalism and outrage when it hit the fan. Neither reflects well on the show. IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guilherme-Santos/100000846666929 Guilherme Santos

    Thats no mistake that WGWG + Sob Storie or being a southern is a winning formula on this shows. The guy just went too far. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403015987 Sharon Ulrich Davis

    I keep seeing comments that this is AGT’s fault as much as the liar’s.  I don’t agree.  There are 1000′s of auditions and I don’t feel it’s their responsibility to screen every one of them or even the one’s who make it TV.  The guy has his routine down pat.  He’s been doing this for a while now and had even fooled other vets at a recent charity golf tournament.  In short, he was very believable.   I don’t doubt that some didn’t buy it 100%, but even those felt guilty because they didn’t.  IMO it’s 100% his mistake.  I also seriously doubt the ones in charge of AGT would put him out there if they had any idea he was a fake.  It’s common knowledge that most support our troops.  Heck, they even clap in airports when military walks by.  I just see no way anyone involved in the show would put this on for ratings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6M7LOUUEH5UMXGH3IM5KQXO7AA frederick

    Tim Poe goes from America’s sweetheart to America’s kyptonite in 24 hrs. Poe could have told the truth and had a chance on AGT. Like all con men with low iq’s they think they are smarter than their peers. They only see the “means” to the end. Now Poe won’t get a job singing or bagging grocery for the rest of his life. He destroyed his life for one day of fame.

  • Anonymous

    It always amazes me that people think they can lie on national TV and no one is going to call them out on it.  It seems like some of the tattle-tellers are just as big of a fame whore as the liar.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t feel it’s their responsibility to screen every one of them or even the one’s who make it TV.

    Not even to the point of checking arrest records?  10 years isn’t so long that a domestic violence arrest should have vanished, IMO.

  • Incipit

    “There are 1000′s of auditions and I don’t feel it’s their responsibility
    to screen every one of them or even the one’s who make it TV.”

    I respectfully disagree, Sharon Ulrich Davis. The number of auditioners is not relevant. Who they put on national TV is. Once they have narrowed the candidates down to the cast they intend to put on TV, I think it most certainly is AGT’s responsibility to screen them. These are people representing the show to America – not some random person off the street.

    Even shows like SYTYCD have a heavy duty screening process. MJ posted that interview w/Benji Schwimmer  – he elaborated on their procedure in Part 2.

    I can’t imagine it’s OK with you that any one at all can claim anything at all, have any sort of a criminal record, and the show will still present them as credible to the viewing public – if they do, then they are culpable in the fraud. I have no sympathy for them if a con man faked them out – that’s what those procedures are designed to prevent.They are the people in a position to know who they are casting – the audience can only discover this after the fact…and if the audience has a perception of having been conned by the show, or that the show doesn’t give a damn, it is much worse PR for AGT.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • Anonymous

    Lying PoS. Seriously. You can lie about a lot of things, but pretending you’re a wounded combat veteran for votes? Sick man.

  • http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/thommymac/ ThommyMac

    As a former Screaming Eagle, I am always furious and then very sad
    over a vet pulling this stuff. Dude, you SERVED. That is honor enough.
    In this so-called information age, background checks go back to the
    Bronze age. That works both ways. A downside (for me) is once in
    trouble, us ex-offenders never pay our so-called ‘debt to society’ back.
    Even if we are out of trouble for a decade, whatever. The upside? It
    also allows this generation to vet (no pun intended) our heroes. I have
    rubbed elbows with many of the military’s high speed cats. They, almost
    as a rule, never bring up exploits except to the promotion boards and
    each other. The drug-crazed war vet may be shown as normal to the point
    of propaganda, but that simply is not true. Most are either career
    soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines and/or (are) VERY successful in the civilian world. They
    are not working folks for drinks or ladies for favors. I am speaking in
    generalities, so there are a couple exceptions. What was he thinking?
    Maybe he was egged on by unscrupulous TV-types. So? We are all
    responsible for our actions. I learned the hard way, but at least it
    wasn’t on national TV over some BS story. I doubt if you will see this,
    Mr. Poe, but folks are far quicker to forgive once you FULLY admit your
    mistakes and apologize sincerely. Half-stepping it with some lawsuit
    double speak and/or blaming others will only keep the contempt flowing.
    Sorry for the long post but climbing out of the ashes makes me see things differently. BTW I had to do a FOIA on myself for some paperwork the VA needed. It was amazingly complete. “The Army screwed up my paperwork” is only good until you sign your 214. That moment you agree to what is on it. PUH-leeze

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    HAHHA, I don’t know who’s the dumbest. This guy or AGT’s producers. They must be more embarassed than a priest caught on a brothel. losers!

  • Anonymous

    Poe did a little schpiel off-stage after his song, and Nick Cannon said “you didn’t stutter once!”.  That was our first clue. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    One year later, TMZ is reporting the story as “exclusive”…

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/06/americas-got-talent-timothy-poe-stutter-fraud/

  • steph6449

    If you listen to the interview, he refers to his lies about the Purple Heart and Bronze Star as having taken place in context of an event he was attending for a support-the-troops non-profit, presumably with other veterans and active service members.

    I don’t know if that was before he got involved with AGT, or after. But it is way more offensive to me that he lied and masqueraded under false pretenses in that environment, than that he lied to the tv producers and viewers.

    Hard to tell when he started spinning his stories. It may not have been prompted by the tv show at all. It could go back to covering up with family/friends the not very glamorous and possibly humiliating reason he got sent back from his deployment. And/or just a self-aggrandizing, not very reality-grounded personality.

    I think there is something off in his being shipped out of Afghanistan after just a few weeks under a fairly weak explanation. Suspect there were plenty of other behavioral issues or whatever with him at that time that made his unit happy to be rid of him. While not happy I’m sure that his leaving left them short-handed or meant that someone else had to take his place.

    Either way. Ugh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6M7LOUUEH5UMXGH3IM5KQXO7AA frederick

    Tim Poe said on AGT that he only learned to sing after the injury, and was training his voice in the shower. He had never sung before. Then the next day in an interview with a military website called Youserved he said that the only singing he did was karaoke and that he tried out for a band once. But the evidence shows that he was in a band called Crawl Space. He was the lead singer, and according to his ex-wife for a period of 4 years. Here is a link to Tim singing back in the day with his band. http://webpages.charter.net/crawlspace/bio.htm
    In fact he did an album with the band and Tim appears on the cover of album  http://www.eonline.com/news/americas_got_talent_contestants_combat/321610

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Caudill/694900254 Julie Caudill

    As  a Marine  myself  … all i have to say is  if he isn’t  right  up there  he is  darn close to  being  in first  place with  Casey Anthony  on the most hated list 

  • webster

    He’s 35, and his wife caught him cheating on her in 1991? I guess he was a rather precocious 14 year old.

  • Anonymous

    I said the second he spoke that it was fake. It sounded like he was doing it on purpose. It’s sad, but I feel somewhat vindicated :0

  • http://twitter.com/salticid1 salticid

    don’t forget wife beater…