The 30-year-old man accused of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling has claimed the whole ordeal was staged and 'fabricated' to make her famous.
Lukasz Herba is due to attend court in Italy today for allegedly kidnapping Miss Ayling, from Coulsdon, south London, and holding her captive in Italy before demanding a €300,000 (£264,000) ransom.
Both Lukasz and his brother Michal, 36, were arrested and are accused of her kidnap.
Michal is currently fighting extradition from the UK and a British judge has previously said he should fly to Italy to join his sibling to face the allegations.
But Lukasz, a Polish resident, has claimed that they 'planned' the kidnapping plot when they met in Paris and that she did it to become a celebrity.
His lawyer, Katia Kolakowska, told the Mirror: 'He says the kidnap was a fabrication. They planned it together so she would become famous.'
She also said that there was evidence they had an 'existing relationship'.
Italian police claim the Polish-born brothers are part of the 'Black Death' group, which says it sells women as sex slaves on the dark web to buyers in the Middle East.
Miss Ayling said she was sedated and bundled into the boot of a car after being tricked into attending a bogus photoshoot on July 11, then held captive in a remote farmhouse in Turin.
But Lukasz said he did not knowingly take part in any crime.
The young model (pictured), from south London, claimed she would have been sold on the dark web
She is said to have been snatched by a group calling itself Black Death after being lured to a fake modelling shoot in Milan
But Lukasz Herba (pictured) as claimed that they 'planned' the kidnapping plot when they met in Paris and that she did it to become a celebrity
Her former manager Phil Green previously told MailOnline: 'Of course it wasn't a sham!
'I said six weeks ago that Chloe was genuinely kidnapped and I still stand by that.
'Herba's lawyer is in cloud cuckcoo land if he thinks he is going to successfully defend his client by suggesting it was staged.'
Herba's solicitor reportedly asked for the trial to be adjourned until his brother, Michal, is able to defend himself alongside his sibling.
The young model claims she was sedated and bundled into the boot of a car after being tricked into attending a fake shoot
Sources : Dailymail
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