Model Chloe Ayling first appeared before an Italian court today to be questioned about being abducted and detained for ransom by a shadowy group called & # 39; Black Death & # 39 ;.
The 21-year-old gave her evidence via a video link to a courtroom in Milan, where she was questioned about her ordeal.
She was expected to be confronted with accusations that she helped carry out the abduction to boost her modeling career.
But within a few minutes after she started to prove to a London courtroom, she collapsed into tears when she described that she was caught by a man wearing a balaclava and drugged.
Chloe Ayling (in green) gives evidence via a video link to a court in Milan of Westminster Magistrates Court in London
A fieldmaster gave her a handkerchief while she covered her face with her hand and sobbed softly.
Clearly confused, Ayling said: & I tried to get away. There was a hand in front of my mouth and I couldn't breathe. I tried to get the hand off my face, but I couldn't fight much longer. & # 39;
Ayling was lured to Milan for a fake photo shoot before being drugged, handcuffed and bundled in a suitcase during a six-day trial in July 2017.
She was driven over 100 miles to a remote rented farm in the Piedmont region, where the turmoil claimed they were working for a shadowy group called Black Death.
They told Ayling unless a ransom of £ 265,000 was paid in Bitcoin crypto currency, they would be sold as a sex slave in the Middle East.
The model gave evidence today at the trial of Michal Herba, 38, accused of helping his brother Lukasz in the kidnapping.
Michal & # 39; s brother Lukasz Herba (photo) was imprisoned last June after he was found guilty of kidnapping the then 20-year-old
Lukasz was imprisoned in June for her abduction and Ayling was not engaged during the trial.
Ayling was told that she did not have to testify during his court case – despite Herba & # 39; s claim that she had the idea of being born to be kidnapped to boost her glamor modeling career.
But lawyers for Michal, accused of the same violation of kidnapping, have successfully asked the court to force Ayling to undergo a cross-examination and asked about her alleged role in the kidnapping.
The model had refused to be present in person and said she was too scared to confront her alleged kidnapper, but was interrogated via a video link from Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
After nearly an hour of technical trouble setting up the video in London, Ayling appeared on the screen.
Dressed in a green top, black jacket and with her hair piled up in a bun, the model sat in front of a computer screen behind a desk in the London courtroom.
The proceedings were suspended because the court in Milan was not happy that the camera was so far away from the model that it was barely visible on the two TV screens set up for the jury in the Milan court.
After she had moved forward and the camera was zooming in on her, he continued the procedure.
Herba sat next to his lawyer and listened carefully to Ayling to give her version of the events.
She started to give her evidence and described the events of the morning of her kidnapping in 2017.
Michal's lawyers have successfully filed a petition with the court to force Ayling (photo) to undergo a cross-examination and to ask him about her role in the abduction
But almost as soon as she started to speak, the proceedings were interrupted by Italian judge Giuseppe Fazio, who was not satisfied with the way the questions were interpreted.
The former Celebrity Big Brother participant told the court about the day she was abducted and described how she took a taxi from her hotel to a studio where she took part in a photo session.
After struggling with her alleged kidnapper, she said she had been injected into her wrist with medication and unconscious.
& # 39; After waking up, I found myself in a limited space. It was a canvas bag or duffel bag. There was tape on my mouth.
& # 39; I didn't know where I was, took me to get by after hearing the drug and the car's engine. & # 39;
Lukasz Herba was found guilty a year ago of kidnapping Ayling and holding her hostage for six days.
The model refused to be present in person and said she was too scared to confront her alleged kidnapper
The American-born American had claimed that Ayling was a willing kidnapper because she wanted to stimulate her modeling career.
Doubts about the story of Ayling emerged after being caught on CCTV film while walking hand in hand in the remote Italian village where she claimed to have been detained.
After the verdict, Ayling said she had been expressed – but was quickly seizing her fame by joining the cast of Celebrity Big Brother.
She also wrote a book about her experiences, but when modeling the work failed, she turned around for a chat conversation of £ 2 per minute.
The 21-year-old is still connected to the Studio 66 site where callers can talk to Ayling by paying the premium rate.
During the trial against Herba, public prosecutors said he was working with his younger brother Michal.
Ayling quickly gained her fame by participating in the cast of Celebrity Big Brother a year after the kidnapping
They had lured Ayling to Milan with the promise of a photo shoot, but on arrival at a studio, Ketamin was drugged and bundled in a canvas bag.
She was driven over 100 miles to a remote rented farm in the Piedmont region, where Herba claimed he worked for a shadowy group called Black Death.
He told Ayling unless a ransom of £ 265,000 was paid in Bitcoin crypto currency they would be sold as a sex slave to the Middle East.
In her testimony, Ayling said she was not trying to escape because she was afraid of her life.
She was released unharmed after six days when Herba closed her off at the British embassy in Milan. He was arrested almost immediately when he tried to flee.
Herba presented a pathetic figure during his trial when he repeatedly changed his story about the abduction.
His lawyer Katia Kolakowska had wanted to interrogate Ayling, but a judge ruled that she had made a detailed witness statement. Herba objects to his judgment.
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