Brit model kidnapping a PR scam: Lawyer
In this image made from video taken on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, model Chloe Ayling speaks with the media outside of her house in Surrey, England. The lawyer for British model Chloe Ayling says police are holding a suspect in her kidnapping. The 20-year-old says she was lured to Italy with the promise of a photo shoot, then drugged and kidnapped by a man who advertised her as a sex slave on the criminal "dark web." Ayling says her captor released her at the British consulate in Milan. Her lawyer acknowledges that aspects of the case seem bizarre. (RAI via AP)
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.