Chloe Ayling: Kidnapped model 'promised abductor sex in return for freedom'

Chloe Ayling: Kidnapped model 'promised abductor sex in return for freedom'

Ayling originally told Italian police that she had traveled to Italy for what she assumed was a photo shoot, but was then kidnapped, drugged, and hidden in a suitcase to be sold online to the highest bidder, authorities said.

Pesce said the kidnappers had removed Ayling's restraints in the village but threatened to kill her if she tried to run away or tell anyone she was being held there against her will.

She was drugged and abducted after she was booked for a fake photo shoot in Milan last month but was returned to the city's British consulate six days later with suspected kidnapper Lukasz Herba.

Police in Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom are working the case.

"There were legitimate doubts at the start, which were surpassed", Pesce told the Guardian.

"This at first was doubted also by investigators - but the story later turned out to be true", he added.

Police didn't explain why Herba would release Ayling to the British consulate if he was involved in the alleged abduction, but they do believe that more than one person was involved.

Chloe, 20, revealed the terrifying experience she went through this weekend - claiming she was bundled in the boot of a auto and then chained to a radiator in a farmhouse near Turin, Italy, for nearly a week.

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Lukasz Pawel Herba says his involvement stems from wanting to raise money to treat his leukaemia and that he was hired by a group of Romanians to rent properties around Europe to store garments they were selling, according to reports.

After his arrest in Milan, Herba told police that he cancelled the Paris job when he realized that a group of three Romanians affiliated with the alleged criminal group meant to kidnap Ayling, his official statement says.

Phil Green, of the Supermodel Agency which sent her to Milan, said: 'I can assure everybody that it was real. It was then that Herba was arrested. Herba took credit for the crime and said he was working with an organization that is allegedly involved in various types of illegal trafficking on the dark web, officials said. Others have suggested he is a fantasist.

The modelling agent and long-time friend, Ms Belluci, said she had known Chloe since she was 15, saying "She's attractive, lovely, but a little naïve".

In Ayling's statement to Italian police, provided to CNN by her lawyer, the model said she shared a bed with her captor at one point, though she insisted she was not sexually abused.

"I wouldn't want to talk to people - but that's just the sort of person she is". "I've feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour".

Her lawyer, Francesco Pesce, claims that Ayling went along with the kidnapping in order to "avoid conflict".

He asked the media to "respect the fact she does need some time alone". She said she was told later she had been photographed so she could be auctioned off online, according to her deposition. A spokesperson said: "A member of an independent production company known to make films for the Dispatches strand was speculatively contacted, along with other news organisations, about this story by an anonymous source".

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