A British model who allegedly kidnapped in Milan, Italy, last summer faced physical violence including being “brutally transported in luggage,” handcuffed, and dragged, investigators testified on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Chloe Ayling was filmed walking hand-in-hand with a Polish citizen, Lukasz Herba who was her captor on the day the model was released, they were seen in CCTV footage wearing matching dresses. The British resident is currently on trial in Milan. The CCTV footage was released on Wednesday in court.
The CCTV footage shows Ayling and Herba were doing shopping together in July, before her accused captor walked Ayling into the British consulate in Milan and left the model. The two also had breakfast together that morning in a cafe.
Italian prosecutors believe that Herba is involved in a dark web group named Black Death that sells and abducts women into sex slavery. On the other hand, Herba argued that her six-day ordeal was just a publicity stunt.
Ayling’s attorney Francesco Pesce told Radio 4, “She was told that people were there watching her and ready to kill her if she tried anything.”
Pesce went on to say, “So she thought that the best idea was to go along with it and to be nice in a way to her captor because he told her that he wanted to release her somehow and sometime and she thought that the best thing to do was not to go in conflict with him.”
It is heard in court that the model was drugged and then forced into the back of a car when Ayling reached in the northern Italian city for a photo shoot. The model was allegedly held captive for 6 days on a farm near Turin, during the time Herba allegedly demanded a £50,000 ($89,000) ransom, in order to be paid in the world’s largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.
Ayling agent received emailed photos of her unconsciously lying on the ground semi-nude. The model’s captors allegedly told her agent: “I am MD a medium level killer representing Black Death.”