She was taken to a cabin on the outskirts of Lemie, a remote town in the Italian Alps, where she was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said. People were criticising me for smiling when I was photographed back home - but why wouldn't I smile?
Pesce told the BBC on Tuesday Ayling was acting under duress when she was seen shopping with her captor, adding that the case had been misunderstood and the men threatened to kill her if she didn't comply with their demands.
Lawyer Francesco Pesce said it is "evil" to suggest she was involved, while Phil Green, of Supermodel Agency, said what took place was "real and very frightening for all concerned". I just gave up - I thought, "I'm not going to get out of here alive. It has been so frustrating and hurtful to have people not believe me and to cast doubt on what I have been through".
Ayling's lawyer Francesco Pesce has admitted the case seemed freaky and acknowledged investigators initially had "more than understandable doubts" about her story.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "So she thought that the best idea was to go along with it and to be nice in a way to her captor because he told her that he wanted to release her somehow and sometime and she thought that the best thing to do was not to go in conflict with him". She chose to go along with it to avoid any kind of conflict, followed him blindly, went into the shoe shop.
They were asked to pay about $65,000 to secure her release.
Mr Green said Ms Ayling was taken to the British Consulate in Milan after the alleged kidnap but was not allowed to return home for nearly three weeks, arriving back in the United Kingdom on Sunday.
Just weeks later in Milan, she was lured to a fake photo shoot, drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a auto boot before being held to ransom for six days in a terrifying ordeal. "I panicked because I couldn't breathe and I brought my hands up to my face".
She said: "I didn't know what was in the syringe. But I believe she was terrified at the moment and even if she could've asked for help she didn't because she was subjugated to this person, or people as she was given to understand".
"They dragged me to the floor".
'I felt trapped, then everything went black'.
The next thing Ms Ayling remembers is waking up in a bag in the boot of a auto, with her hands and feet handcuffed and her mouth gagged.
They eventually released her 'because she is a mother'.
She said: "That was too much to take in. That will always be the worst day of my life".
After six days holding her in captivity he took her to the British consulate in Milan.
Chloe, 20, from Coulsdon, London, told police she slept beside Lukasz Herba, 30, in the house most nights of her ordeal. Despite his reported claim that he belonged to a gang, Herba also told police he had leukaemia and was desperate for money for treatment, and that a group of Romanians in Birmingham pressured him into the kidnapping.
He said he was paid £500,000, found out the Romanians meant to kidnap her, and backed out of the plan.