David Walliams Reported To Be 'Secretly Dating Kidnapped Model Chloe Ayling'
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David Walliams is reported to be 'secretly dating' Chloe Ayling - the glamour model who claims she was kidnapped and put up for sale by an online gang.
Forty-six-year-old Walliams is said to have become friends with Ayling, 20, after striking up a conversation on social media, the Sun reports.
A source told the paper that the pair have since met up, with Walliams inviting her to his London home shortly before she flew to Switzerland ahead of the trial of her alleged kidnapper, which began in Italy last week.
The unnamed source told the paper: "David orchestrated the meeting and arranged for her to visit his London home.
"He is intrigued by her story and has clearly taken a shine to her.
"It's a case of waiting and seeing if their relationship grows from here."
He's also 'liked' a number of her photos on Instagram.
Walliams has been single following the break-up of his marriage to model Lara Stone in 2014, however, he's been linked to a number of beautiful women since, including Ashley James from Made In Chelsea, model Sylvia Flote and Playmate Emily Agnes.
Ayling is also reported to be single, since splitting with her ex Conor Keyes - who she has a son with.
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The model made headlines around the world after she claimed that she was kidnapped and held captive by a sex-trafficking gang called the Black Death last July.
Ayling says she was asked to take part in a photoshoot in Milan, but when she arrived was drugged, stuffed into a suitcase and held for six days at a remote farmhouse in Turin. She told cops she feared for her life during the ordeal.
Polish national Lukasz Herba, 30, was arrested and charged with her kidnapping and is currently on trial in Italy. Last Wednesday the court was shown CCTV footage of Ayling walking hand-in-hand with Herba the day before she was released. Herba claims the kidnap plot was faked as a publicity stunt.
Ayling insists she was never part of any scam and will not be called to give evidence in the trial.
If found guilty Herba could face up to 25 years in prison.