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Chloe's 'kidnapper': I'll be rich & famous by the time I am 30; Pal on boasts as new pics of hideaway emerge; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: MARTIN BAGOT and HANNAH ROBERTS in Milan

THE man accused of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling in Italy told friends he wanted to "do something big" one day, it was claimed last night.

A former flatmate of Lukasz Pawel Herba said he often spoke of his desire to be rich and how he hoped to date a rich, older woman.

The Polish immigrant was allegedly part of a gang that plotted to sell Chloe, 20, for more than PS230,000 as a sex slave.

And his pal's claims came as more pictures emerged of the alpine lair where Chloe was held captive for six days before being released.

One shows a larger image of the room where she said she even shared a bed with her captor.

Herba's pal, who asked not to be named, lived with him in West Bromwich 10 years ago.

He said: "Lukasz moved in when I advertised for a lodger and we were a similar age, so we got on.

"We were both quite ambitious and he would say that before he was 30 he wanted to have a load of money and fame. He would say, 'I want to do something big one day'. He always had big plans and wanted to be a big deal."

The pal claimed Herba, who is now 30, "changed" over the years when he fell in with the wrong crowd. He added: "The first thing I thought was odd was when he showed me his fake Polish ID with a different name. It seemed weird. Then he told me he was registering through a number of websites to go out with older, rich women."

Chloe, of Coulsdon, South London, claims she was snatched by a gang in Milan after being lured to a fake photoshoot.

She said she was drugged and taken to the house in the abandoned village of Borgial, where she was at first shackled to a bed.

Chloe told how Herba freed her after discovering she was a mum.

She insisted she was still not allowed out of the home. But witnesses claim they saw her out with Herba buying shoes.

Police have accused Chloe of lying but her lawyer said she was under "psychological subjugation" when she went shopping.

And the alleged captor, who paid around PS300 to rent the property from Italian website Subito, insisted she was free to come and go.

He told police: "I freed Chloe and told her she could leave when she wanted and I never hurt her. We shared the bed even though there were other beds."

Herba was arrested over the alleged kidnap and is on remand in an Italian prison. Police said his statements were "frankly absurd".

martin.bagot@mirror.co.uk

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