Los Angeles (CNN) — The Calling’s lead singer, Alex Band, told police he was abducted, beaten and robbed Sunday, just hours before his group announced a comeback effort.
Band suffered “a fractured lower spine, 15 stitches to lower chin, three broken teeth and is bruised on his side and stomach from the baton beating,” his publicist said Monday.
The singer countered speculation that the attack was related to his drug use or a hoax.
“This just happened to me. I didn’t kidnap myself, or beat the crap out of myself. So the whole hoax thing is honestly kind of disgusting to even think about, or hear,” Band told CNN.
He told investigators he was walking down a street in downtown Lapeer, Michigan — where his group had just performed at a music festival — about 3 a.m. Sunday when two men forced him into a blue minivan, according to a police statement.