Lawyer Says "Evil" to Suggest U.K. Model in on Alleged Kidnap
LONDON -- Chloe Ayling's ordeal sounds like a tale spawned by nightmares of the evil that lurks online.
The 20-year-old British model says she was lured to Italy with the promise of a photo shoot, then drugged, stuffed into a suitcase, transported to an isolated farmhouse and held, at times in handcuffs, for almost a week.
Ayling has told police the "terrifying experience" ended when her captor, who had threatened to hold her for ransom or advertise her as sex slave on the criminal "dark web," decided instead to drop her off at the British consulate in Milan.
As made-for-the movies as the young woman's account sounds, Italian police have arrested a suspect: a 30-year-old Polish man who claimed to be a paid killer for a group called the Black Death.
The lawyer Ayling has while the case is under investigation -- standard procedure in Italy -- acknowledged Monday that aspects of the case seem bizarre, but he rejected suggestions by British media that his client may have colluded with her alleged kidnappers as "evil."
He said investigators, too, initially had "more than understandable doubts" about the model's story.