The Calling's Alex Band Insists His Abduction Was Real
After being inactive and away from the mainstream press for god knows how long, American rock band "The Calling" made headlines earlier this month for two separate reasons, literally hours after one another.
First, they announced that they're ending their eight-year hiatus, but despite the important nature of that news, it got overshadowed by TMZ's revelation that the group's frontman Alex Band was abducted and beaten up badly in Lapeer, Michigan. His reps also verified the authenticity behind the celebrity gossip site's report through an official report.
Apparently, the "Wherever You Will Go" rocker was leaving a departmental store in the wee hours of of August 18 when some unidentified people forcefully threw him into a blue minivan and then roughed him up before robbing him of his valuables and other possessions.
His attackers hadn't concealed their faces and were totally aware of who Band's was as they repeatedly asked him to give them his "Hollywood money."
"After Band fought back, he was cornered in the van with the gun to his face, and Band told the assailants, 'Don't kill me as I am about to be a dad.' After more beating, the assailants responded with 'We don't kill fathers' and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer," an extract from his camp's released statement read.
"A fractured lower spine, a gash on his chin requiring 15 stitches, three broken teeth, and bruising to his side and stomach" is the damage Band's body suffered during this whole violent episode.
It was initially claimed by some sources that the now-confirmed incident was either a hoax or related in some capacity to the 32-year-old's infamous substance abuse problems.
However, in a statement obtained by CNN, Band clarified: "I take my rehabilitation very seriously. 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.
"I never thought my unborn child would be my savior. I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans."
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