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

The Polish suspect claims Chloe Ayling agreed to take part in the plot after she arrived in Italy for what she thought was a modelling assignment.

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.

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.

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