But court documents obtained by The Associated Press show the model broke down when investigators confronted her with a witness statement that she had been seen shopping for shoes with Herba.
Ms Ayling initially told Milan police she was held, at times with her hands and feet cuffed to a dresser, at a remote farmhouse for six days and never left the dwelling until he released her at the British consulate.
The lawyer for a 20-year-old British model at the centre of an alleged kidnapping in Italy has denied suggestions the case was a hoax, after local media raised doubts about her story.
Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested the alleged kidnapper — Lukasz Pawel Herba, a 30-year-old British resident born in Poland — who confessed to being involved in a plot to auction the model online unless a $300,000 ransom was paid.
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