Lead singer of The Calling 'abducted, beaten and robbed'
THE lead singer of rock group The Calling has reportedly been left with a spinal fracture and broken teeth after he was abducted, beaten and robbed after a festival.
Alex Band said he was attacked outside a store in Lapeer, Michigan, early Sunday. The Calling had performed Saturday night at a nearby festival.
Band had a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stitches in his chin, The Calling said in a statement.
Police said that the victim reported two males forced him into a minivan, then assaulted and robbed him before dropping him off at a railroad crossing.
The Calling, which had the hit Wherever You Will Go, said Band was visiting a mini-market after the show when "Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind".
It said he was beaten with a baton and had a gun put to his face while an attacker demanded his "Hollywood money".
Band has had past substance abuse problems but denied the abduction report was either drug-related or faked.
TMZ reports that Band has released photos of the injuries but "they don't paint a picture of a "near-death" encounter."