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Brit model kidnapping a PR scam: Lawyer

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

The topless model who claimed she was kidnapped to be sold into sex slavery is taking the truth for a twirl, one lawyer claims.

The kidnapping in Milan of British mannequin Chloe Ayling, 20, riveted the world. The buxom Brit claimed she was lured to the Italian city for a bogus photo shoot, drugged and put up for auction.

If her agent didn’t shell out $350,000 Ayling would be sold into slavery.

Behind the sordid scheme was a group calling itself “Black Death.”

Now, the lawyer for one of two brothers charged in Ayling’s ordeal says: Not so fast. “There is a real risk that the entire case is a sham (that fooled Italian detectives),” George Hepburne Scott, representing Michal Herba, told an extradition hearing.

“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.”

The lawyer pointed out that:

  • Kidnap victims don’t typically go shoe shopping with their captors, as Ayling did.
  • They went for breakfast after discovering the British consulate in Milan was closed.
  • And British papers have widely reported that Ayling isn’t the best mother, leaving her toddler for weeks at a time.

British media have reported that Ayling already has a book deal and is angling for a reality TV show. She insists she has turned crusader.

"I am ready to face everything and expose every little detail for the first time," she told the Lorraine Show.

"Do I seem tough? I am not. I have spent days crying and crying over what happened, being in fear for my life, made to believe I would be sold as a sex slave. I have been manipulated, drugged, targeted and now, character-assassinated as a liar and attention seeker. I want to put this behind me, to move on with my life, to forge a new path for myself that is free from the horrors I have experienced.”

A ruling on extradition is expected Friday.