MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The fiancée of an “America’s Got Talent” contestant scrutinized for claims he was injured in Afghanistan says he made a “mistake” when he gave the show a photograph of a soldier instead of himself.
The NBC series this week and a Dallas TV station last month used the picture with segments on Timothy Michael Poe, a former Minnesota National Guardsman who said he was injured in a 2009 grenade attack in Afghanistan. The Guard says military records don’t substantiate those claims.
The original picture on a military website identifies the soldier as a staff sergeant in Afghanistan in 2006.
Poe’s fiancée, Carrie Morris, says Poe accidentally submitted that photo.
“America’s Got Talent” producer FremantleMedia North America apologized Thursday, saying the photo came from Poe and was used “in good faith.”