British model's lawyer blasts claims she was involved in suitcase kidnapping as she preps for topless photo shoot
10 August, 2017, 00:30
She was told she would be "sold to somebody in the Middle East for sex", her lawyer Francesco Peschi said.
"She thought the best idea was to go along with it and be nice to her captor", Pesce told the BBC.
Police said that she was then attacked on July 11 by two men after arriving at the apartment where the photo shoot was supposed to take place.
Ayling arrived home on Sunday where she expressed her gratitude to authorities for securing her safe release.
Ayling initially told police that Herba wouldn't let her leave the house, but when pressed by authorities, she admitted she had gone with him to buy shoes because she felt he was the key to her freedom.
In Ayling's statement to Italian police, she says she one night shared a bed with Herba, but she was never sexually abused. I wouldn't say she is the wisest of girls, she can be a little bit naive - she is young'. "When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I'm in now".
"I realised I was in the boot of a vehicle with my wrists and ankles handcuffed, adhesive tape on my mouth. I was inside a bag, with only a small hole that allowed me to breathe". According to the New York Daily News, a letter was found on the victim's computer from the kidnappers that dictated rules for her release, including talking to the media.
The following day police charged Herba, a 30-year-old Polish citizen, with kidnapping for the goal of extortion.
Chloe Ayling, 20, has alleged that she was lured online by people who claimed they wanted her for a photoshoot, but when she got to Milan she was drugged and put in the boot of a vehicle, and taken to a village in Turin.
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Further investigations are ongoing in order to "identify possible accomplices" and clarify the motive, police said. "I've feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour", she said.
Herba told police that he cancelled the Paris job after he realized a group of Romanians meant to kidnap Ayling.
While negotiating the ransom, Herba received several offers for sexual services from the woman for more than $300,000, police said.
"There were legitimate doubts. which were surpassed", Mr Pesce said.
Herba also claimed he did not participate in Ayling's kidnapping, but instead came to her rescue when he saw her pictures for the onlineauction.
He asked the media to "respect the fact she does need some time alone".
Ms Ayling's passport was taken by Italian police, who would not let her return to the United Kingdom until she had given evidence at a pre-trial hearing on 4 August, Mr Green said. It is thought that Ayling was released when her captors discovered that she has a two-year-old son.
According to The Sun the email the image was sent with read: 'Did you know chloe ayling has been kidnapped in italy and is now for sale by Russian mafia??? see attachment'. "I understand this and I will continue to respond to this", Pesce said.
The lawyer Ayling has while the case is under investigation - standard procedure in Italy - acknowledged Monday that aspects of the case seem weird.
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