When asked if she knew that Herba had tried to contact a newspaper, Miss Ayling said: 'I know nothing about that at all.'Questions have been raised over the official account of the kidnap amid claims 'many details do not add up'.Last night, an Italian police source revealed they were looking into the possibility that Miss Ayling and Herba may have been collaborating, but as of yet they have been unable to prove this theory.'During the first two days of questioning, neither Miss Ayling or Herba co-operated with the police,' the source said.The glamour model who was kidnapped in Italy has revealed her alleged abductor slept next to her in the same bed for days.Chloe Ayling, 20, told police she had been lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan where she was drugged, stripped and handcuffed before being bundled into a suitcase in the boot of a car.Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported yesterday: 'That the kidnapping was real or that she was doped with ketamine is not put into question by the investigators.
Yesterday it emerged that the Page Three girl was taken shoe shopping by Herba, 30, during her time in captivity.
When she was interviewed following her release, she is said to have cried after a police officer asked her: 'But don't you think it is strange to go and buy shoes with your kidnapper?
'Six days after Miss Ayling was taken from the photoshoot, Herba allegedly decided to take her to the British Consulate in Milan because he felt it was wrong to kidnap the mother of a two-year-old boy.
'The pair may have been seen together on other occasions.
We also cannot find any trace of the agency that allegedly lured her to the country for the photoshoot.' A British police source said: 'Investigators are trying to get to the bottom of the validity of the claims. It is currently being investigated as a real kidnapping, but some of the claims which have come out could be in the realm of fantasy.'It comes as Herba's girlfriend revealed the 'fantasist' was sending her text messages the day Miss Ayling was taken in Milan.
She was held hostage in a remote farmhouse for six days by a gang threatening to auction her for sex online unless her modelling agency paid a £270,000 ransom.