Alex Band from American rock band The Calling was abducted and beaten on Monday, and apparently only spared death after telling his captors he was about to become a father.
In the early hours of the next morning, he was attacked from behind outside a store and forced into a minivan by two men, who beat and robbed him.
The singer - best known for 2001 hit "Wherever You Will Go" - was beaten with a baton and had a gun put to his face while an attacker demanded his "Hollywood money," the band said in a statement.
According to that statement, he told his assailants he was soon to be a father, to which one responded "We don't kill fathers," before dropping him off at a railroad crossing.
Band acknowledged having past substance abuse problems, but denied what he said were rumours that the abduction report was either drug-related or faked.
He said: "I take my rehabilitation very seriously. I was near death due to this unbelievable situation, and the rumours are categorically false."