Chloe Ayling tells court she was injected with ketamin by kidnappers
Glamour model Chloe Ayling tells Italian court she was injected with ketamin by ‘Black Death’ kidnappers but admits LYING to police about her own drug use
- Ayling gave her evidence via video link from London to Milan for a second day
- She said she was injected with ketamin and bundled into a black suitcase
- Asked about her drug use, she admitted lying about never having used drugs
- She previously told police she never used drugs but today confessed to cocaine
- The model denied ‘cashing in’ on her kidnap despite writing a book and appearing on Celebrity Big Brother
- She is being quizzed by lawyers for Michal Herba, one of alleged kidnappers
- His brother Lukasz jailed last June after being found guilty of kidnapping Ayling
Kidnap victim Chloe Ayling told an Italian court today how she was injected with ketamin by her ‘Black Death’ kidnappers but then admitted lying to police about her own drug use.
The 21-year-old glamour model was being quizzed for a second day about her role in the 2017 kidnapping plot for which Lukasz Herba was jailed last year for 16 years.
His brother Michal is now on trial accused of helping with the plot but both men claim Ayling helped stage the six day kidnap to boost her modelling career.
She insists she was drugged, stuffed into a large black suitcase and told she would be sold as a sex slave, with prices starting at 300 Euros.
Today, giving evidence to the court in Milan via video link from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Ayling was questioned about her drug habits.
She admitted taking cocaine, contradicting a police statement she made in July 2017 when she said she had never taken drugs.
Kidnap victim Chloe Ayling told an Italian court today how she was injected with ketamin by her ‘Black Death’ kidnappers but then admitted lying to police about her own drug habits
The 21-year-old glamour model was being quizzed for a second day about her role in the 2017 kidnapping plot for which one man was jailed last year. A second man is now on trial but claims that Ayling helped stage the six day kidnap to boost her modelling career
Michal Herba, 37, (above) is accused of helping his brother Lukasz to carry out the July 2017 kidnapping
Ayling insists she was drugged, stuffed into a large black suitcase (above) and told she would be sold as a sex slave, with her price starting at 300 Euros
Ayling insisted she was not a habitual user: ‘I do not use drugs. I tried cocaine once at a party. I do not take drugs on a regular basis.’
Asked how she knew she had been injected with ketamin, she told the court Lukasz Herba had told her he had used the powerful tranquiliser to knock her out at the start of the abduction. She denied knowing the quantity that was used.
Ayling, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was lured to Milan for a fake photoshoot before being drugged, handcuffed and bundled into a suitcase during a six-day ordeal in July 2017.
She was driven over 100 miles to a remote rented farmhouse in the Piedmont region where the bothers claimed they worked for a gang called Black Death.
Under further questioning today, Ayling denied cashing in on the kidnapping – despite writing a book about her ordeal and later appearing on Big Brother.
The model said she had faced ‘lies and public scrutiny’ which did little to boost her reputation.
Prosecutor Paolo Storari asked if she used the kidnapping in Milan in 2017 to her advantage, ‘without any moral judgement’.
Giving evidence to the court in Milan via video link from London for a second day, Ayling was questioned about her drug habits. She admitted taking cocaine, contradicting a police statement she made in July 2017 when she said she had never taken drugs
Asked how she knew she had been injected with ketamin, she told the court Lukasz Herba had told her he had used the powerful tranquiliser to knock her out at the start of the abduction. The model refused to attend in person saying she was too afraid to face her alleged kidnapper
An Italian police officer has previously demonstrated how Ms Ayling could have been kept in a bag
‘Not really,’ she replied. ‘I had to face the lies of the two brothers. It completely ruined my reputation. It was not my choice that all this would go public.’
Ayling was asked if her income had been boosted significantly since the publicity over her kidnap but said she was earning approximately the same as before her ordeal.
The model penned a book about her kidnapping and was paid an estimated £20,000 for serialisation rights by a newspaper.
She was also invited to appear on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother but was one of the first housemates to be kicked out.
When modelling work failed to flood in turned to working for a £2 a minute sex chat line and she is still linked to the Studio 66 site where callers can talk to her by paying the premium rate.
Resuming her evidence today, Ayling described her relationship with her captor Lukasz Herba.
She said she was aware he had feelings for her as he often complimented her and said he was ‘sexually frustrated’ sharing a bed with her at a remote farmhouse where she was held captive.
She was giving evidence at the trial of Michal Herba (pictured) who is accused of helping his brother kidnap the model
Michal’s brother Lukasz Herba (pictured) was jailed last June after being found guilty of kidnapping the then 20-year-old
Chilling images show the model, 21, drugged on the floor before she was kidnapped
She has previously told the court that she offered to have sex with Herba if it would help her be set free.
Ayling was asked about her social media accounts and if she remembered receiving a Facebook request from Lukasz Herba.
The model said she did not remember such a request but that she had 5,000 friends on Facebook and over 200,000 followers on Instagram.
Ayling said the accounts were used to boost her modelling career.
The court and Ayling were later shown a black duffel bag that was used in the kidnapping.
Ayling has described how she was bundled into the bag after being injected with ketamin when she arrived for a photo shoot in Milan.
She confirmed the black canvas bag was the one used in the kidnapping.
Ayling has been allowed to give evidence at Michal Herba’s trial via videolink as she claimed to be too afraid to face him in person in court.
Herba sat alongside his lawyer in the Milan courtroom with an interpreter alongside him translating Ayling’s evidence from English to Polish.
Michal Herba is claiming that Ayling was a willing participant in the abduction, as she wanted to boost her modelling career.
Doubts about Ayling’s story surfaced after she and Lucasz Herba were captured on CCTV film walking hand in hand in the remote Italian village where she claimed to have been held.
She was asked why she walked hand in hand with Herba and went shopping for a pair of shoes rather than trying to escape.
The model said she had been ‘completely brainwashed’ into believing her life was in grave danger from the Black Death group.
She said: ‘I thought I would be killed. I was completely brainwashed. He (Herba) was the only person to rely on and set me free. I did not want to cross him
Ayling was quick to seize on her fame by joining the cast of Celebrity Big Brother a year after the kidnapping
Lawyers for Michal successfully petitioned the court to force Ayling (pictured) to be cross–examined and asked about her role in the kidnap
‘I was brainwashed. No one can understand what I was feeling at the time. Even if I were free of Lukasz I would not be free of Black Death.
Ayling said she did not eat for the first four days she was held captive.
It was only after she began eating the same food as Herba that she realised she would not be poisoned.
She will be cross-examined by Michal’s lawyer later today.
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