Model ‘caught lying about ordeal’
A POLICE dossier reveals that cops quizzed Chloe Ayling over details that she was with one of her alleged kidnappers when a pair of shoes were bought, contradicting previous statements.
The British model, 20, was quizzed at length over claims she was drugged, put in a suitcase and bundled into a car.
Polish brothers Lukasz, 30, and Michal Herba, 36, are in custody accused of kidnap, reports The Sun.
At one point in three separate interviews over nearly 13 hours, Ms Ayling was asked about the tracksuit and shoes she was wearing. She said she was given them before leaving the house where she was allegedly held near Turin.
But the documents say she burst into tears when told a shopkeeper confirmed she was with Lukasz when they were bought. She told police: "It is true. I went with him to buy the shoes.''
One officer asked: "So why did you lie to us?''
Ms Ayling, of Coulsdon, South London, again broke down before saying: "I don't have a reasonable explanation.''
Another cop asked in the interviews on July 17: "Don't you think it seems strange that you went to buy shoes with the person who kidnapped you?''
Ms Ayling replied: "He was the person who could save me and who could help me regain my freedom. That's the reason I didn't fight and I didn't ask for help from the woman in the shop.''
In a statement Ms Ayling said five people were involved in her kidnap but she had seen only two faces - thought to be the Herba brothers.
A 71-page police report on the case includes a photo of Lukasz and another man driving to the fake photo studio in Milan where Ms Ayling was snatched from.
Another showed Michal lugging a suitcase as he walked with a man, believed to be his brother.
Italian cops say Ms Ayling was later stuffed into it after being injected with ketamine. There is also a transcript of a secret recording made in prison as Lukasz called his mum in Poland.
He says: "This girl is trying to set me up. She knows I didn't have anything to do with kidnapping her.''
Westminster magistrates' court ordered the extradition of Michal from Britain to Italy last Friday. His legal team have lodged an appeal, calling the kidnap a publicity stunt and a sham.
But Italian cops say they have more than enough evidence against both brothers.
Prosecutor Paolo Storari told The Sun on Sunday: "I expect this to come to trial by the end of the year.''
This article was first published in The Sun.