Glamour model Chloe Ayling named Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson’s porn baron ex as one of three wealthy British businessmen who would have willingly paid the £300,000 ransom demanded for her release from her ‘Black Death’ kidnappers, a court heard.
The 21-year-old, who is giving evidence against one of her alleged captors at his trial in Milan, said Paul Baxendale-Walker, who has been dubbed the British Hugh Hefner, would be the right person to contact to help secure her freedom.
Mr Baxendale-Walker, who used to own Loaded and Men Only magazines, is understood to have dated Megan before she went on Love Island and was known for his harem of young women, known as ‘hunny bunnies’.
Ayling told the court she scribbled his name – as well as two others – down on a piece of paper and gave it to her captors Lukasz and Michal Herba, whom she claims drugged her and held her in a remote farmhouse in Italy for six days in 2017.
21-year-old glamour model Chloe Ayling 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
Ayling named Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson’s (pictured) ex as one of three wealthy British businessmen who would have willingly paid the £300,000 ransom, a court heard
Ayling also named Dave Read, a reality TV agent for another Love Island star Danielle Sellers (pictured) and Rory McCarthy, a former business partner of Richard Branson as possible people to pay the ransom
Lukasz Herba was convicted of kidnap last year and jailed for 16 years and now his younger brother Michal is on trial, accused of assisting Lukasz, but both men claim Ayling helped stage the kidnap to boost her modelling career.
Today, giving evidence via video link from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Ayling also named Dave Read, a reality TV agent for another Love Island star Danielle Sellers and Rory McCarthy, a former business partner of Richard Branson as possible people to pay the ransom.
She said the three men’s names were then given to her own agent Phil Green while she was held hostage, but it is not thought that any of them were actually asked for money.
Ayling described Mr Baxendale-Walker as her ‘friend Megan’s benefactor’, while Mr Read ‘looked after Danielle’.
She told the court she was convinced she would be sold into the sex trade unless a ransom was paid and that Lukasz Herba warned her she would end up in the Middle East where she would be abused and later fed to their pet tigers.
Ayling, who is giving evidence against one of her alleged captors at his trial in Milan, said Paul Baxendale-Walker (pictured) would be the right person to contact to help secure her freedom
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
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
Under cross-examination by Michal Herba’s lawyer Simone Zanconi, the model, from Coulsdon in Surrey, was then asked about the money she made due to her notoriety after the kidnap on her return to the UK when she was released.
She said she was besieged by the media and went into hiding for a week with Danielle Sellers after signing an exclusive deal to tell her story to a newspaper.
Asked how much she was paid Ayling said she could not remember claiming it was arranged by her manger. She also received fees for appearing on Good Morning Britain, but could not recall how much.
The court was shown a ‘calling card’ for Ayling when she signed with a new agency Kruger and Cowne – who represented the Duchess of Sussex in her early career – where she was billed as a kidnap victim’.
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
Questioned about her name becoming public knowledge she denied that it was leaked by people close to her.
Mr Zanconi pointed out that the prosecutor’s office in Milan held a press conference about the kidnapping – but pointedly did not reveal her name.
Yet by the time she arrived back in the UK her name was already out in the open.
Ayling denied playing any part in leaking her name.
She said she was collected at the airport by Rory McCarthy and driven to a reunion with her mother and once there she made a brief statement to the media.
Ayling was asked if she had applied to appear on a reality show prior to her kidnapping.
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
She replied that she had been approached, but did not mention the name of the show.
The model said she later appeared on a reality show Big Brother and said it was a paid appearance.
Earlier, Ayling was questioned about her drug habits she and admitted taking cocaine, contradicting a police statement she made in July 2017 when she said she had never taken drugs.
Ayling had told an Italian court 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.
An Italian police officer has previously demonstrated how Ms Ayling could have been kept in a bag
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’.
She was giving evidence at the trial of Michal Herba (pictured) who is accused of helping his brother kidnap the model
‘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.
Michal’s brother Lukasz Herba (pictured) was jailed last June after being found guilty of kidnapping the then 20-year-old
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 has previously told the court that she offered to have sex with Herba if it would help her be set free.
Chilling images show the model, 21, drugged on the floor before she was kidnapped
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.
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
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
‘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.