UK model agreed to kidnapping plot to boost career, court told

A Polish man accused of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling in Italy has claimed she agreed to take part in a ransom plot to help boost her career.

Chloe Ayling.

Lukasz Herba, testifying in his own defence in court in Milan, said 20-year-old Ms Ayling did not know about the kidnapping plot when she arrived in Milan for a modelling job last July. Herba said that he revealed it to her soon after, and that she agreed to it.

Through a translator, Herba said that "she knew that when the scandal finished, she would earn lots of money".

Prosecutors allege Herba drugged the model and transported her in a canvas bag to a farmhouse where she was held for six days. He was arrested after releasing her at the British consulate in Milan.

- PA

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