A ransom email sent out by Chloe Ayling’s captors claimed the kidnap would ‘kickstart her career’.
When the 20-year-old model’s agent received the demand for £50,000, he was reportedly reassured that she would have no problem paying it back in the future, because the ordeal would increase her earning potential.
According to The Sun, the demand said: ‘I am sure that this experience properly exposed to the media will kickstart her career.
‘She will be very comfortable in giving money back.’
Ayling is now at home in Coulsdon, south London, after allegedly being held for six days in an Italian farmhouse by a group called Black Death.
Her alleged captor, 30-year-old Lukasz Herba from Oldbury in the West Midlands, took her to the British Consulate in Milan, upon which he was arrested.
Herba is now awaiting trial.
Prosecutors in Milan believe Ayling may be shielding Herba after forming a bond with him.
‘One theory is that Chloe, whom we believe was terrified at the outset, began to trust him once she realised he didn’t want to hurt her,’ a source told The People.
But a supposed friend of Ayling’s, Biannca Lake, has accused the model of milking the attention from the kidnapping in order to get on Celebrity Big Brother.
‘I told her what happened with me,’ Lake told the Daily Star. ‘I auditioned for Big Brother five times, then I did this documentary where I said I’d slept with over 300 men. Then Big Brother contacted me and put me in.
‘She knows this – if you get in the press, you’ll get on Big Brother. That is her dream gig.’
But in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Ayling hit out at those who have accused her of exaggerating her claims for publicity.
Questions about whether she was somehow ‘in on’ the kidnapping were hurtful, she said.
‘People were criticising me for smiling when I was photographed back home – but why wouldn’t I smile? I survived.’