The Calling lead singer Alex Band was abducted, beaten and robbed Sunday, he says, just hours before his group announced a comeback effort.
He 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.
He denied 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 hear," he told CNN.
He told investigators he was walking down a street in downtown Lapeer, Mich., where his group had just performed at a music festival, about 3 a.m. Sunday.
That's when two men grabbed him and dragged him into a van.
Publicist Brad Taylor said The Calling frontman "was beaten with a police baton with a gun pointed to his face demanding Band's 'Hollywood money.'"
Band picked up the story from there: "At this point, I was crying, I'll admit it, I was scared. I was pleading for my life, but then it occurred to me."
"I was like, 'You know, I just found like a couple of weeks ago that I'm going to be a dad,'" he said. The assailant responded, "It's your lucky day," Band added.
"He kicked me out of the car onto the train tracks, and then I hit the tracks and I fractured the bone in my lower spine, and I was unconscious and they left."
Earlier, Band issued a statement to CNN about the incident:
"I never thought my unborn child would be my savior," he said. "I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans."
Another band member picked Band up and took him to the emergency room at McLaren Lapeer Region hospital. He was treated and released.
Police, who interviewed Band at the hospital, are investigating.
Word of Band's alleged abduction hit celebrity gossip websites Monday at the same time reporters were informed that The Calling is coming back.
The singer has "brought together a new band and has a fresh look on his past hits like 'Wherever You Will Go,'" the news release said, referencing the 2001 hit.
The comeback would normally get little attention, but coverage of Band's abduction put The Calling back into the headlines ... and prompted the hoax rumors.