Man accused of kidnapping Chloe Ayling claims ‘publicity stunt’
The lawyer for one of the men arrested for the alleged kidnapping of British model Chloe Ayling claims the entire thing was a “publicity stunt” and the Italian police have been fooled.
Michal Konrad Herba, 30, is accused of working with his brother to lure the 20-year-old mother of one to Milan for a phony photoshoot and then kidnapping her. Michal, and his brother 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, allegedly demanded $355,000 from her agent.
During a court appearance Monday to get Michal extradited back to Italy, his lawyer claimed that the case was a “sham” and “publicity stunt.”
“This case has a unique set of anomalies which might lead to the conclusion that the Italian authorities have been duped and that their process has been abused,” George Hepburne Scott said.
According to BBC, Scott cited reports which stated that Ayling went shopping with one of her alleged abductors and had breakfast with the brothers the morning she was released.
Chloe Ayling said she was stuffed in a suitcase after allegedly being abducted.
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“There is a real risk that the entire case is a sham,” Scott added.
District judge Paul Goldspring said that while some people do believe the kidnapping case is fake, the lawyer’s “material doesn’t prove that,” BBC reported.
A ruling will be made on Friday.
In August, Ayling claimed that she had traveled to Milan for what she was told was a photoshoot. The model said when she arrived two men grabbed her, drugged her and then stuffed her inside luggage. Ayling said she was held against her will for six days in a remote cabin. Her alleged kidnappers, believed to be a part of the group “Black Death,” dropped her off at the British Embassy in Milan on July 17.
Michal Herba (l) and his brother Lukasz Herba were arrested in connection to Chloe Ayling’s kidnapping.
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Lukasz was arrested in Italy, while Michal was apprehended last month in West Midlands. Both have denied their involvement.
Ayling’s attorney previously dismissed accusations that his client was involved in her alleged abduction.
“She went along with what he asked her to do, look at shoes and buy groceries,” Francesco Pesce told CNN. “This doesn’t make her an accomplice. She decided to go along with it to avoid any kind of conflict, followed him blindly and went into a shoe shop.”