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Ryan Giggs assault trial: Ex-footballer admits being a ‘love cheat’ who has ‘never been faithful’

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Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs today admitted in court to being a ‘love cheat’ who can ‘never’ resist an attractive woman as he admitted to cheating on his first wife with Kate Greville following his ‘very public’ affair with his sister-in-law.

Taking to the witness box for the first time in his domestic assault trial, the ex-footballer, 48, admitted to being ‘a flirt by nature’ who has ‘never’ been faithful to any of his former girlfriends. 

In a candid summary of his love life, the ex-Premier League star admitted that he is ‘never’ able to resist an attractive woman – regardless of whether or not he is in a relationship. 

He also told jurors that he had been unfaithful to his ex-wife, Stacey Giggs during a ‘very public affair’ – referencing his eight-year fling with his sister-in-law that saw her fall pregnant – and a later entanglement with now ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, an affair he admitted allowed him to ‘have his cake and eat it’.

The former Manchester United star, 48, spoke about his affair with Natasha, the now ex-partner of his brother Rhodri, as he gave evidence at Manchester Crown court today.

Ryan Giggs trial – A summary: What the jury heard on Tuesday 

 On Tuesday – day seven of the trial – the jury heard:

  • Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs told detectives how he ‘caught’ his ex-girlfriend and her sister during a ‘scuffle’ at his £1.7million mansion, but insisted: ‘It was not deliberate’;
  • He told officers that he and Kate had initially ‘tussled’ after she took hold of the phone, and that Ms Greville had ‘caught’ him in the face;
  • Giggs said his phone had been taken by Ms Greville following a row between the pair which started at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester and had returned to his £1.7million mansion;
  • In the statement – read by Peter Wright QC – Giggs told DC Adam’ Agrebi and another officer that he had tried to ‘diffuse the situation’ but said: ‘I regret that this argument got so out of hand.’
  • Giggs said in his statement, read out in court: ‘I accept during this scuffle my head clashed with her. What I am sure is that it was not deliberate.’
  • He also said: ‘I sincerely hope this is not the end of our relationship and we can talk this through. At no point did I deliberately harm her or want to harm her.’
  • In a later statement, Giggs addressed claims that he was ‘controlling’ towards Ms Greville during their relationship;
  • In a prepared defence statement given to police Giggs said: ‘I will not accept that my behaviour towards my former partner has been in any way controlling or coercive, nor that I have done any of the incidents in the manner described.’
  • He also told police that Ms Greville had ordered him to message women who she had ‘incorrectly’ accused him of having relationships with;
  • Giggs told officers that Ms Greville had helped write the messages and had offered to meet the women to ‘ensure nothing was going on’.
  • In response to an allegation he had threatened to release intimate photos of Ms Greville and/or himself, Giggs’ statement said he ‘didn’t recall’ making the threat and would ‘never’ have released such material.
  • ‘I would be terrified of the publicity that would be generated,’ he said. ‘Kate knows how I feel regarding the press and negative publicity;
  • The statement said that even if a threat had been made ‘in jest or in drink,’ it would be ‘preposterous’ for Ms Greville to believe it would be carried out. 

However he strongly denied ever attacking Ms Greville, who has accused him of ‘headbutting’ her during a row at his £1.7million mansion. When asked if he had ever had ever assaulted a woman, Giggs replied: ‘No’.

The former Wales midfielder’s ‘love cheat’ admission came as he today began giving evidence in his domestic assault trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Giggs is accused of assaulting ex-partner Ms Greville and her sister Emma during an incident at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in November 2020. He denies the charges, as well as using controlling and coercive behaviour towards ex Kate during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-and-off relationship, and is currently on trial.

Following the end of the prosecution case, in which Ms Greville accused Giggs of cheating with up to 12 different women during their relationship, the football star’s lawyer Chris Daw QC today called his client to give evidence.

Giggs told how he and Ms Greville pair swapped photographs of each other while they were on their travels including one from her in a cropped gym top.

He told the court: ‘I had never seen her body before. It was the first time I knew she had abs. She was in good shape.’

Chris Daw asked: ‘What impact did that have on you?’ Giggs replied: ‘I thought she looked hot.’

He said he first met Ms Greville in around 2013-14 when she worked for the PR firm employed to look after his businesses with Gary Neville.

Giggs told the court: ‘The first time I met Kate I was immediately attracted to her, I thought she was attractive, I thought she was intelligent, I thought she was funny.’

He confirmed he knew Ms Greville was married at the time and that she knew he was married too – at the time to Stacey Giggs, the mother of his two children.

Giggs said: ‘We were both married. Kate, as we got to know each other, started to open up about how unhappy she was in her marriage. In my marriage I was not as happy as I had been.’

The ex-footballer today admitted being unfaithful to his former wife Stacey Giggs. Asked by Chris Daw QC if he was faithful to Stacey Giggs, 38, the ex-footballer said: ‘No, I wasn’t.’

He said he met his now ex-wife, Stacey, at a barbecue when he was 18 and the pair started a relationship when he was in his late 20s.

He told the court they moved to Worsley, Greater Manchester, and had two children, Libby and Zach.

He described his relationship with his children as ‘very good’ and said they maintain contact ‘every day’.

Asked if he was honest about his infidelity, Giggs replied: ‘I wasn’t honest with her, no.’

Mr Daw began by asking Giggs about his reputation, both on and off the field.  Mr Daw asked: ‘To begin with, you are well known all over the world for two things. One, as a footballer?’

‘Yes,’ said Giggs. Mr Daw said: ‘But you are also known for something else, you have a reputation for infidelity?’ Giggs replied: ‘Yes.’ Mr Daw said: ‘Is that reputation justified?’ Giggs said: ‘Yes.’

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court in Manchester yesterday

Ryan Giggs (pictured) has today arrived in court for the seventh day of his domestic abuse trial, after jurors yesterday were told how he turned up at his neighbours in slippers and ‘virtually crying’ on the night he allegedly headbutted his former girlfriend 

The ex-Manchester United star (pictured), 48, arrived at Manchester Crown Court flanked by his entourage and wearing a suit as he prepared to return to the dock this morning

He is accused of 'headbutting' ex-partner Kate Greville (pictured) and using coercive and controlling behaviour towards her during their 'toxic' six-year on-and-off relationship

The former footballer, 48, arrived at Manchester Crown Court this morning (pictured left) for the seventh day of evidence in the trial. He is accused of ‘headbutting’ ex-partner Kate Greville (pictured right) and using coercive and controlling behaviour towards her during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-and-off relationship 

Taking to the witness box for the first time in his domestic assault trial, the ex-footballer (pictured here in a court sketch), 48, admitted to being 'a flirt by nature' who has 'never' been faithful to his ex or any of his former girlfriends

Taking to the witness box for the first time in his domestic assault trial, the ex-footballer (pictured here in a court sketch), 48, admitted to being ‘a flirt by nature’ who has ‘never’ been faithful to his ex or any of his former girlfriends

Chris Daw asked: ‘In the course of your relationships with women, up to and including Ms Greville, have you managed to be faithful to any of them?’ ‘No,’ said Giggs.

The barrister: ‘If an attractive woman has shown you interest regardless of your marital status, are you able to resist?’ Giggs replied: ‘No.’

Mr Daw said: ‘Are you a flirt by nature?’ ‘Yes,’ said Giggs. He confirmed that he lied to his ex-wife Stacey and Ms Greville about his infidelities.

‘I was unfaithful’: Ryan Giggs admits cheating on ex-wife Stacey Giggs with Kate Greville

Ryan Giggs today admitted being unfaithful to his former wife Stacey Giggs.

Asked by Chris Daw QC if he was faithful to Ms Giggs, 38, the ex-footballer said: ‘No, I wasn’t.’ 

Giggs said he met his now ex-wife at a barbecue when he was 18 and the pair started a relationship when he was in his late 20s.

He told the court they moved to Worsley, Greater Manchester, and had two children, Libby and Zach.

He described his relationship with his children as ‘very good’ and said they maintain contact ‘every day’.

Asked if he was honest about his infidelity, Giggs replied: ‘I wasn’t honest with her, no.’

He said he first met Kate Greville in around 2013-14 when she worked for the PR firm employed to look after his businesses with Gary Neville.

Giggs told the court: ‘The first time I met Kate I was immediately attracted to her, I thought she was attractive, I thought she was intelligent, I thought she was funny.’

Giggs confirmed he knew Kate Greville was married at the time and that she knew he was married too.

Giggs said: ‘We were both married. Kate, as we got to know each other, started to open up about how unhappy she was in her marriage.

‘In my marriage I was not as happy as I had been.’

He said he started flirting with her after the ‘first couple of times they met’ and they went on to socialise among their work group.

Giggs said their contact moved to the ‘next level’ when he met her alone as she collected a signed football shirt for her mother.

The pair swapped photographs of each other while they were on their travels including one from Ms Greville in a cropped gym top.

He told the court: ‘I had never seen her body before. It was the first time I knew she had abs. She was in good shape.’

Chris Daw asked: ‘What impact did that have on you?’ Giggs replied: ‘I thought she looked hot.’

Recalling the first time he and Ms Greville slept together during a work trip to London planned ahead of a photo-shoot for Cafe Football, Giggs said: ‘I think there was a lot of flirtation.

‘Nothing was made solid. But we were going to spend the night together for the first time.

‘Kate had sourced the hotel. I sorted the train tickets out. Kate booked the hotel room and we travelled on the train together.’

Giggs said they were invited by the hotel manager to look round the room but it was ‘really small’ and he was given a ‘bigger room’

He continued: ‘We both agreed it was a really nice room.

‘We dropped the bags off and went to the roof, to the terrace bar.

‘We had a few drinks, we got on really well. I had an interview and pictures the next day so I wasn’t going to drink that much.’

Giggs said he had ‘two or three drinks’ before he and Ms Greville went back to the room.

Asked if it was the first time the couple were ‘sexually active together’ Giggs replied that it was and that both were as equally as keen.

He added: ‘We went back to the room, had sex and we stayed the night.’

He said Ms Greville eventually left her husband and said ‘it was no longer than six months’ after their first sexual contact.

Giggs said he continued to stay at his family home with then wife Stacey and their two children as the affair carried on.

However he said he had never attacked his former partners.  Mr Daw asked: ‘Have you ever physically assaulted a woman?’. Giggs replied: ‘No’. 

Mr Daw went on: ‘Either on November 1 2020 or on any other occasion?’ Giggs repeated: ‘No.’

His barrister asked: ‘Have you ever set out to control or coerce a woman in any way or in the ways alleged by Ms Greville?’ Giggs said: ‘No.’

Mr Daw continued: ‘Did you make Kate Greville a slave to your every need and every demand as she described?’ Giggs said: ‘I did not.’ 

He said he started flirting with her after the ‘first couple of times they met’ and they went on to socialise among their work group.

Giggs said their contact moved to the ‘next level’ when he met her alone as she collected a signed football shirt for her mother.

Recalling the first time he and Ms Greville slept together during a work trip to London planned ahead of a photo-shoot for Cafe Football, Giggs said: ‘I think there was a lot of flirtation.

‘Nothing was made solid. But we were going to spend the night together for the first time.

‘Kate had sourced the hotel. I sorted the train tickets out. Kate booked the hotel room and we travelled on the train together.’

Giggs said they were invited by the hotel manager to look round the room but it was ‘really small’ and he was given a ‘bigger room’

He continued: ‘We both agreed it was a really nice room.

‘We dropped the bags off and went to the roof, to the terrace bar.

‘We had a few drinks, we got on really well. I had an interview and pictures the next day so I wasn’t going to drink that much.’

Giggs said he had ‘two or three drinks’ before he and Ms Greville went back to the room.

Asked if it was the first time the couple were ‘sexually active together’ Giggs replied that it was and that both were as equally as keen.

He added: ‘We went back to the room, had sex and we stayed the night.’

He said Ms Greville eventually left her husband and said ‘it was no longer than six months’ after their first sexual contact.

Giggs said he continued to stay at his family home with then wife Stacey and their two children as the affair carried on.

Chris Daw said: ‘You then finally brought the relationship with Stacey to an end?’

Giggs said: ‘It was a press article where I was linked with Kate. She (Stacey) questioned me about it. I denied it.’

He said it was ‘hard’ to leave the family home following the story published in May 2016 as he first went to live nearby with his mother before he stayed in an apartment in Salford Quays with a friend.

Mr Daw asked: ‘Was it an amicable situation with Stacey or was it challenging?’

Giggs said: ‘No, I would say challenging.’

Shortly after in the summer of 2016 he said Ms Greville was planning to move to Abu Dhabi for a work opportunity.

Giggs said that in 2016 Kate Greville had the opportunity to launch a business in Abu Dhabi, and that he ‘didn’t want her to go’ but that the pair decided they would ‘make it work’.

Giggs was asked about the first two-year period of his relationship with Kate Greville.

He confirmed there were ‘ups and downs’ and they had a ‘mutual’ issue about how quickly they would respond to each other’s messages.

He said: ‘Early on it was a joke.

‘It became a pattern – ‘you must be busy, no time to speak to me’. It was a pattern pretty early on in the relationship.’

Giggs told how Ms Greville returned to the UK in 2018 from her job in the Middle East.

He said: ‘Kate was not enjoying the work in Abu Dhabi, she felt a bit lonely.’

He admitted that in the 15-month period Ms Greville was in Abu Dhabi, he had been seeing other women, but had not been open with her about it.

He said he ‘welcomed’ Ms Greville’s decision to come back to the UK and employed her as head of PR of the business he ran with Gary Neville.

He said: ‘She was then going to work for mine and Gary’s company. Looking after Cafe Football and Hotel Football and we were about to launch the Stock Exchange hotel full time. I thought she was amazing at her job.

Ryan Giggs today admitted being unfaithful to his former wife Stacey Giggs (pictured here with Giggs in 2010) . Asked by Chris Daw QC if he was faithful to Ms Giggs, 38, the ex-footballer said: 'No, I wasn't.'

Giggs said he met his now ex-wife  (pictured right with Giggs in 2013) at a barbecue when he was 18 and the pair started a relationship when he was in his late 20s. He told the court they moved to Worsley, Greater Manchester, and had two children, Libby and Zach

Ryan Giggs today admitted being unfaithful to his former wife Stacey Giggs. Asked by Chris Daw QC if he was faithful to Ms Giggs, 38, the ex-footballer said: ‘No, I wasn’t.’ Giggs said he met his now ex-wife at a barbecue when he was 18 and the pair started a relationship when he was in his late 20s. He told the court they moved to Worsley, Greater Manchester, and had two children, Libby and Zach.

‘Myself and Gary had worked with her before she went to Abu Dhabi and it was one of the reasons, we knew what she was capable of.

‘It felt right, it was an opportunity for her to come back. Me and Kate were going out and she knew about the different businesses and where we wanted to take the company. She just wanted to be her own boss and was excited about the challenge.’

Ryan Giggs tells court how his life ‘changed’ at 17 after turning professional at Manchester United while still a teenager

Ryan Giggs told jurors about his early football career, training with Manchester City before being spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 13 and ultimately playing for the first team at Manchester United whilst still a teenager.

He said his life ‘changed’ from 17 onwards when he started ‘getting noticed in the street and articles being written about me, whether it be about football or my personal life’.

Asked by Chris Daw QC about how being a footballer affected his relationship with women, Giggs said: ‘Yeah, I just probably got a little bit more attention than perhaps my friends because I was well known, especially within Manchester.’

Asked whether this was something he ’embraced’, Giggs replied: ‘Yeah, I mean, my primary concern was I was focused on my football but I was still hanging around with my friends from school so we would still go out on Saturday night in Manchester and still socialise.’

 

Giggs said that she was the most senior member of staff in her department, earning around £100,000 a year. He said she made a good start and impressed Neville.

Giggs told the court he had interview for the role of manager of the Wales national football team in January 2018.

He described it as a ‘dream job’ but said there were ‘demands’ and ‘pressure’ that came with the role. He said: ‘It was a huge job. I put pressure on myself. I wanted to be the best manager I could be. I watched as many players as I could.’

Mr Daw asked about an incident at the Westin Hotel in Dubai in 2017, when Kate Greville alleges Ryan Giggs dragged her naked body across the floor of his hotel room before throwing her belongings into a corridor.

Giggs said they had been ‘delighted’ to have a chance to see each other again while he was playing in a futsal tournament in Dubai.

He told the court they went to a club that night and were initially ‘getting on really well’.

Giggs said things took a turn for the worse after he started replying to a message from his daughter.

‘I could just feel Kate sort of looking over and sort of wondering who I was messaging. I just got a bit irritated because she was making it quite obvious she was peering over my shoulder. I just said: ‘I’m messaging Libby’.

‘It felt like she didn’t believe it was Libby who I was messaging.’ Giggs said he then ‘stormed off’ and went back to his hotel room.

Giggs said Ms Greville followed him back to his hotel room and the pair started arguing. He told the court: ‘I said: ‘You are accusing me of messaging someone when it was my daughter’.

‘She didn’t like that and we just got into an argument about it.’

Giggs denied there was any ‘physical element’ to the argument and said he started packing Ms Greville’s suitcase after telling her he didn’t want her to stay with him.

‘Kate was trying to stop me from putting clothes and various other stuff into the suitcase. I didn’t manage to shut it but I was ushering her towards the front door with the suitcase.’

He said they were ‘half outside’ in the corridor and half in the hotel room before Ms Greville managed to get the suitcase back and get back into the room.

‘We had rough sex after row in Dubai’: Ryan Giggs tells court about hotel incident where Kate Greville accuses him of throwing her out of hotel room naked 

Chris Daw QC asked about an incident at the Westin Hotel in Dubai in 2017, when Kate Greville alleges Ryan Giggs dragged her naked body across the floor of his hotel room before throwing her belongings into a corridor.

At the time, Ms Greville was working out in Abu Dhabi for a PR firm. 

Giggs said they had been ‘delighted’ to have a chance to see each other again while he was playing in a futsal tournament in Dubai.

He told the court they went to a club that night and were initially ‘getting on really well’.

Giggs said things took a turn for the worse after he started replying to a message from his daughter.

He told the court: ‘I could just feel Kate sort of looking over and sort of wondering who I was messaging. 

‘I just got a bit irritated because she was making it quite obvious she was peering over my shoulder.

‘I just said: ‘I’m messaging Libby’.

‘It felt like she didn’t believe it was Libby who I was messaging.’ Giggs said he then ‘stormed off’ and went back to his hotel room.

Ryan Giggs said Kate Greville followed him back to his hotel room and the pair started arguing.

He told the court: ‘I said: ‘You are accusing me of messaging someone when it was my daughter’.

‘She didn’t like that and we just got into an argument about it.’

Giggs denied there was any ‘physical element’ to the argument and said he started packing Ms Greville’s suitcase after telling her he didn’t want her to stay with him.

‘Kate was trying to stop me from putting clothes and various other stuff into the suitcase.

‘I didn’t manage to shut it but I was ushering her towards the front door with the suitcase.’

He said they were ‘half outside’ in the corridor and half in the hotel room before Ms Greville managed to get the suitcase back and get back into the room.

Giggs said he then told Kate Greville to sleep on the sofa, but that after they calmed down they had sex and spent the night together in the same bed.

‘We had sex that we would have quite often which could get quite rough, but not anything weird, but just rough.’

Chris Daw QC said: ‘Was that sort of sexual activity something the two of you engaged in regularly.’

Giggs replied: ‘Yes.’ Mr Daw said: ‘Who was the primary instigator?’

Giggs said: ‘It was both of us, especially after not seeing each other for a long period of time. 

‘We would message each other what we were going to do.’

He told the court there was no issue between the two of them the next day.

Asked by Mr Daw whether that sort of incident was unusual in the relationship, Giggs said: ‘It wasn’t unusual but I wouldn’t say it was regular.’

 

Giggs said he then told Kate Greville to sleep on the sofa, but that after they calmed down they had sex and spent the night together in the same bed.

‘We had sex that we would have quite often which could get quite rough, but not anything weird, but just rough.’

Chris Daw QC said: ‘Was that sort of sexual activity something the two of you engaged in regularly.’

Giggs replied: ‘Yes.’ Mr Daw said: ‘Who was the primary instigator?’

Giggs said: ‘It was both of us, especially after not seeing each other for a long period of time. We would message each other what we were going to do.’

He told the court there was no issue between the two of them the next day. Asked by Mr Daw whether that sort of incident was unusual in the relationship, Giggs said: ‘It wasn’t unusual but I wouldn’t say it was regular.’

Giggs also told the court they would block each other numerous times in similar exchanges.

Chris Daw said: ‘To some that may seem fairly immature behaviour, do you agree?’

‘Yes,’ said Giggs. Mr Daw asked: ‘Why?’

Giggs replied: ‘I think it was just something that happened early on in our relationship and it just carried on.’

Mr Daw said: ‘Thinking back, was this healthy?’ ‘No,’ said Giggs. 

He added: ‘It was some sort of cycle we had developed early on in our relationship. Sometime jokey, sometimes serious. Like you say, it was immature.’

Mr Daw asked: ‘As far as your evidence is concerned was there any element of the behaviour that was anything other than immature, that it was controlling and you were using this technique as some form of controlling mechanism?’ Giggs replied: ‘No.’

Chris Daw asked Ryan Giggs why he would continue to contact Kate Greville after she blocked him during their ‘rollercoaster-type relationship’.

Giggs said: ‘When we would have breaks and then we got back together she would say things like: ‘Good job you fought for us’.

‘I always got the impression that I had to fight for the relationship.’

He added that when they fell out or broke up, Ms Greville ‘wanted me to try and woo her back’. 

Mr Daw asked Giggs why he sent Ms Greville an email with the subject ‘Blackmail’ and a video attached of her dancing to Christmas songs.

He said: ‘It was just a joke between me and Kate. Just dancing embarrassingly, something which was out of her nature, acting silly at a Christmas party.’

Giggs told the court he had ‘never’ shared any private photos or videos of Ms Greville. He added that he would never share such material.

It comes as the court heard how Giggs told detectives that he ‘caught’ his ex-girlfriend and her sister during a ‘scuffle’ at his £1.7million mansion, but insisted: ‘It was not deliberate’.

Giggs gave a pre-prepared statement to officers hours after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting Ms Greville and her sister Emma during a row at his Manchester home in November 2020.

He told officers that he and Kate had initially ‘tussled’ after she took hold of the phone, and that Ms Greville had ‘caught’ him in the face ‘causing bleeding to the lip and inner mouth’.

He said he then ‘foolishly’ took hold of Ms Greville’s phone, leading to the pair again making contact. Ms Greville has previously claimed that Giggs ‘deliberatley headbutted’ her. But Giggs insisted in his police statement ‘At no time was there any attempt to harm either of them.’

In the statement – read by prosecutor Peter Wright QC during Giggs’ assault and controlling behaviour trial at Manchester Crown Court today – Giggs told DC Adam’ Agrebi and another officer that he had tried to ‘diffuse the situation’.

But he said in the statement:  ‘I regret that this argument got so out of hand.’ He also told officers: ‘It is correct that unfortunately Kate and I got into an argument that resulted in us getting into a tussle.

‘She caught me in the face causing bleeding to my lip and inner mouth. I may have caught her and her sister during the scuffle. At no time was there any intent.’

Giggs said his phone had been taken by Ms Greville following a row between the pair – which started at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester and had returned to his £1.7million mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

Ryan Giggs tells court he and Stacey Giggs had ‘got over’ his affair with brother’s wife – before he started cheating with Kate Greville 

Ryan Giggs today told a court he and ex-wife Stacey had got over his ‘very public’ affair with his brother’s wife, before he started cheating with his now ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.

The former Manchester United star, 48, spoke about his affair with Natasha Giggs, the now ex-partner of his brother Rhodri, as he gave evidence at Manchester Crown court today.

He told jurors that he and Stacey had ‘got over’ the affair and were ‘good’. But he then began an affair with Kate Greville.

Speaking about the start of his relationship with Ms Greville, he said: ‘By this time the relationship had got more and more serious. 

‘We were falling in love with each other. I had spoken to Kate of moving out of the house and us being together.’

Mr Daw said: ‘Did you move out of the family house immediately after?’

Giggs said: ‘It was some time later. I would say it was about a year after Kate left.’ 

Mr Daw asked: ‘Why was it that you did not leave your wife straightaway?’ 

Giggs said: ‘Me and my ex-wife we had problems. I cheated on my ex-wife which was quite a public affair.

‘We got over that and things were good. 

‘It was a part of my life where I was just finishing football and going into a coaching career. Longer hours. More time away from Stacey. More time away from the family.

‘I was not giving Stacey the attention she deserved.

‘Gradually we were getting more and more unhappy. Together with Kate it was becoming more and more difficult.’

Mr Daw said: ‘Cutting to the chase, did you in a sense want to have your cake and eat it?’ Giggs replied: ‘Yes.’

He said that he had asked Ms Greville and Emma, who was dog sitting at the time, to leave his house in a taxi as she was too drunk to drive and her sister was not insured to drive the car.

He said he tried to ‘diffuse’ the situation further by getting a neighbour to call the police, and when she refused ‘I now had no option’ but to go back to the house and demand his phone back in order to dial 999.

With the sister still refusing to leave, Giggs said he went into the utility room to get Ms Greville’s phone and ‘rather foolishly I decided to keep hers’.

He continued: ‘I accept I should not have done this but I was emotional, angry and upset. She grabbed me by the hand and a scuffle broke out.

‘I accept during this scuffle my head clashed with her. What I am sure is that it was not deliberate.’

Giggs said he was ‘attacked’ adding: ‘I regret that this argument got so out of hand. Kate and I had a great week together and I was looking forward to our night at Stock Exchange hotel.

‘I sincerely hope this is not the end of our relationship and we can talk this through. At no point did I deliberately harm her or want to harm her.’

The court also heard Giggs was interviewed by police again in December 2020, a month after his first interview, in relation to an allegation of coercive and controlling behaviour after officers obtained more alleged details from Kate Greville.

In a prepared defence statement given to police and read in court by Mr Wright QC, he said: ‘I will not accept that my behaviour towards my former partner has been in any way controlling or coercive, nor that I have done any of the incidents in the manner described.’

He described Ms Greville in the statement as a ‘mature, strong, independent woman’ who he said was ‘successful’ in his own right.

Giggs also told police how Ms Greville had ‘ordered’ him to message women who she ‘incorrectly accused’ him of having affairs with and that she had offered to meet them in order to ‘ensure nothing was going on’.

In response to an allegation he had threatened to release intimate photos of Ms Greville and/or himself, Giggs’ statement said he ‘didn’t recall’ making the threat and would ‘never’ have released such material.

He said: ‘I would be terrified of the publicity that would be generated. Kate knows how I feel regarding the press and negative publicity.’

The statement said that even if a threat had been made ‘in jest or in drink,’ it would be ‘preposterous’ for Ms Greville to believe it would be carried out.

He told police he accepted their relationship was ‘not perfect’ but it was ‘mainly one of love and affection.’

And he said most of the alleged incidents – listed by Ms Greville as part of the prosecution’s against Giggs –  occurred after she had ‘too much to drink’ and she became ‘entirely jealous’ when she was drunk.

He continued: ‘I would not react with violence. I would often walk away from incidents.’ Giggs said it had been suggested his arguments with Ms Greville were the result of him being defensive over allegations he was having affairs.

But he explained to officers at Swinton Police Station in Manchester that he had been living with Ms Greville, they had bought two dogs and he thought they were ‘planning for a future together’.

He said: ‘I feel extremely distressed, hurt and emotional by the way this relationship is being painted to me.’

Kate Greville’s university friend tells court how PR executive had bruises on her arm after a ‘quite horrible argument’ with Ryan Giggs 

Kate Greville’s university friend Louisa Ham told the court that Ms Greville had told her that bruising on her arm when they were on holiday together in Dubai was after she’d had a ‘quite a horrible argument’ with Giggs.

Ms Ham, who holidayed with Ms Greville in February 2020, said: ‘I noticed bruising on her lower arm.

‘Kate mentioned before I arrived that she had got into an argument with Ryan, quite a horrible argument.

‘During the argument she had been grabbed by Ryan, resulting in the bruise.’

Ms Ham said there would be ‘constant communication’ on WhatsApp ‘every five minutes’ between Ms Greville and Giggs for the first three days of their holiday in February 2020.

Ms Hamm was asked by Mr Wright QC what would happen if she did not ‘reply immediately’ and she said: ‘If we were in mid-conversation or for instance not by her phone, she would return the text message after that – 10 mins, a short while.

‘So when she didn’t respond, she would come back to a message to say ‘where’s the response’ or something of that manner.’

‘On the fourth day her phone broke. I think it was to do with connection, she could not turn it on.

‘We were on a taxi journey and she had a panic attack in the taxi. She said it was because Ryan could not get hold of her.

‘And she didn’t know what to do, she was panicked because of the situation.’

Yesterday the court heard how Giggs was in his slippers and ‘virtually crying’ when he knocked on his neighbour’s door in the pouring rain and asked her to ‘sort out’ his girlfriend and phone the police.

Before the argument that ended in the former Wales midfielder allegedly headbutting his now ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville, he banged ‘very loudly’ on the door of neighbour Linda Cheung.

Mrs Cheung told the domestic assault trial how Giggs had visited her and told her that Ms Greville had accused him of cheating, sparking her to respond: ‘Oh Ryan, not this again.’

Giving evidence at Manchester Crown Court yesterday, she said: ‘He asked me to help him. He said words to the effect of Kate had been accusing him of seeing other women and he wanted me to go and sort her out.’

She said that as the rain poured down, the ‘distressed’ Giggs asked her: ‘Can you call the police? She’s got my phone. She won’t leave.’

She told him she would not ring the police but offered him her phone if he needed to use it. She said a ‘distressed’ looking Giggs did not respond and just stared at her before walking back to his property.

In a statement to police, read out by court, Mrs Cheung told how Giggs had ‘tears in his eyes’ when he knocked on her door.

She said: ‘He was at my door virtually crying. He never went outside with his slippers on. I was thinking it must be urgent. He’s come out of the house in the rain in his slippers.’ 

Giggs’ lawyers yesterday denied the ex-Manchester United star deliberately elbowed his ex-girlfriend’s sister in the jaw during a bust-up at his £1.7million mansion.

His barrister, Christopher Daw QC, suggested any contact between the ex-footballer and Emma Greville as she tried to separate him from her sister was accidental.

Yesterday, in the trial, Emma Greville told jurors that Giggs’s elbow ‘made contact’ with her face during the incident. She said at the time she had tried to separate Giggs and Kate Greville, who were engaged in a row.

Emma also told jurors that Giggs had threatened to ‘headbutt’ her after ‘grabbing’ her sister by the shoulders and ‘headbutting’ her with ‘major force’ during the row. 

In cross-examination, Mr Daw said any connection between Giggs and Emma was accidental as Giggs ‘backed away’ from her sister Kate.

He said: ‘There was no deliberate elbow.’ But Ms Greville answered ‘there was’. Ms Greville also admitted that she did not see how her sister and Giggs ended up on the floor prior to the alleged headbutt.

She told the court this morning that Giggs’ face was level her sister’s when he was lying on top of her.

The lawyer said that wasn’t the case and said Giggs had fallen and was ‘simply trying to get back up and move backwards.’

Sister of Ryan Giggs’s ex-girlfriend claims former footballer said ‘I’ll headbutt you next’ after ‘assaulting’ PR executive

The sister of Ryan Giggs’s ex-girlfriend yesterday told a court how he threatened to headbutt her moments after he had headbutted her sister.

Emma Greville said the former Manchester United star blamed her for the alleged assault after she had caught him scuffling with her sister on the floor of the boot room of his home in Worsley, Manchester.

Giggs had been trying to snatch his ex-partner Kate Greville’s phone, Emma told the court.

She said: ‘Ryan’s back was against the wall and Kate was facing him.

‘They were arguing about the phone and I said to Ryan ‘Just give her the phone back and then we’ll go. I told him ‘I saw you on top of her and grab her phone so I know you have her phone.’

‘He called me a f***ing liar.

‘Kate said to Ryan ‘See I’ve had proof’. She knew that I’d seen what happened.

‘At that point he didn’t say anything. He’d gone from annoyed to extremely angry.

I think I asked him ‘why?’ I couldn’t recall exactly what he said.

‘At that moment he put both hands on Kate’s shoulders and with force used his head to headbutt her in the face.

‘Afterwards he told me it was my fault that he’d headbutted Kate and turned to me and said ‘I’ll headbutt you next.’

‘He was extremely angry. I felt fear as he’d just headbutted Kate and I thought he’d do the same to me.’

Recalling her sister’s reaction after being struck, Emma said: ‘Kate fell to the ground screaming, covering her face.

‘He (Giggs) walked towards the kitchen and didn’t say much.’

Emma said she was asked by her sister to call the police and now a lot calmer, Giggs pleaded with her not to.

She added: ‘He said ‘Don’t call the police, think about my daughter. Think about my career.’

He asked Ms Greville: ‘Did you see him putting his arms up to protect his face from being hit by your sister?’ She replied ‘No’. 

It comes as Emma Greville claimed how Giggs told her ‘I’ll headbutt you next’ during the row at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

Ms Greville was at the property on the night of the alleged assault as she was dog-sitting for the couple while they were on a night out in Manchester city centre. 

Emma told the court that while at the house she received a message from her sister telling her: ‘Pack my stuff in the car, we’re leaving tonight’.

The message was sent as her sister returned home from the Stock Exchange Hotel after ‘confronting’ Giggs about his ‘cheating’.

Emma said she started packing her sister’s belongings into a car, before Giggs tried to call her on her phone.

She told the court that Giggs returned home 15 -20 minutes after her sister in a ‘visible mood’ and ‘was also very drunk’ and began collecting Ms Greville’s belongings before taking them into a hallway.

After hearing Giggs and her sister argue downstairs, Emma said: ‘Ryan came into the bedroom and told me to sort out my sister. 

‘I went downstairs to find Kate in the hallway, hugging the dog, upset, crying.

‘Ryan said ‘say your goodbyes, you won’t ever see him again’ to me and Kate. It was said in a snide manner that he had the power to keep the dog when he knew that dog was Kate’s.’

She said Giggs and her sister began arguing and he ordered them both to leave. Emma said she took the dog to the other room and heard her sister and Giggs arguing over who had Giggs’ phone.

Recalling the moment Emma said she was struck by Giggs she continued: ‘I went into the hallway and saw Ryan’s legs sticking out the doorway. 

‘I went into the boot room to find Kate on her back and Ryan on top of her. Ryan was trying to grab Kate’s phone from her. His face was in line with her face. I can’t recall what she was saying but from her facial expressions I could tell she was in pain.

‘Kate said to me ‘Get him off me’ so I put both arms around his waist. And as she was using her legs to push him off, I was pulling. 

‘As I was pulling him up, he was standing up and he turned to his right and his elbow touched my jaw and as a result I let go. It was not in a gentle manner, it was a ‘get off me’ manner for me to get off holding Ryan.’

Asked what her reaction was Emma said: ‘Shock. I was upset. I immediately called my parents.’

She also told the court that Giggs threatened to headbutt her moments after he had headbutted her sister.

She said: ‘They were arguing about the phone and I said to Ryan ‘Just give her the phone back and then we’ll go.

‘I told him ‘I saw you on top of her and grab her phone so I know you have her phone. ‘He called me a f***ing liar.

Kate Greville and her sister, Emma. Giggs denies assaulting and using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate (left) and Emma (pictured right)

Kate Greville and her sister, Emma. Giggs denies assaulting and using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate (left) and Emma (pictured right)

Ms Greville has told the court she returned to the UK from the Middle East thinking she would be in a relationship with Giggs, but he instead became more distant

Ms Greville has told the court she returned to the UK from the Middle East thinking she would be in a relationship with Giggs, but he instead became more distant

‘Kate said to Ryan ‘See I’ve had proof’. She knew that I’d seen what happened. At that point he didn’t say anything. He’d gone from annoyed to extremely angry. 

‘I think I asked him ‘why?’ I couldn’t recall exactly what he said. At that moment he put both hands on Kate’s shoulders and with force used his head to headbutt her in the face.

‘Afterwards he told me it was my fault that he’d headbutted Kate and turned to me and said ‘I’ll headbutt you next’.

‘He was extremely angry. I felt fear as he’d just headbutted Kate and I thought he’d do the same to me.’

Recalling her sister’s reaction after being struck, Emma said: ‘Kate fell to the ground screaming, covering her face. He (Giggs) walked towards the kitchen and didn’t say much.’

PR chief tried to ‘block’ emails from Ryan Giggs to ex-girlfriend’s work account as it was ‘interfering’ with her job, court hears 

The employer of Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend tried to block his ‘intense’ emails because they were ‘interfering with her work’, a court has heard.

Elsa Roodt said that Q Communications had ‘no other option’ than to try to block Giggs’ emails as his partner Kate Greville ‘couldn’t do her work’.

As the second week of the former Manchester United footballer’s trial got under way, Manchester Crown Court jurors heard evidence from Ms Roodt, who appeared on a video link from Dubai.

Ms Roodt said she started PR firm Q Communications in Dubai with Ms Greville’s university friend Katie Harvey in around 2010, and employed Ms Greville to help set up their Abu Dhabi office in 2016.

‘At one stage, early on in her employment, we had to call our internet provider to block Ryan Giggs’ email,’ she told the court.

‘It was intense and Kate couldn’t do her work. It was interfering with her work and we had no other option than to try and block his email.’

 

Emma said she was asked by her sister to call the police and now a lot calmer, Giggs pleaded with her not to.

She added: ‘He said ‘Don’t call the police, think about my daughter. Think about my career’.’

Earlier Emma told the court that the pair had been involved in a ‘serious argument’ blew up while they were in Scotland.

She said she had accompanied her sister, Giggs, and two of his friends on a trip north of the border to go and buy a dog and noticed the pair ‘bickering’ while in a pub.

She told the court that there was a ‘frostiness’ in the couple’s relationship, which she said had started as ‘loving’ but had become ‘distant’.

Giving evidence in the former Manchester United star’s assault and controlling behaviour trial, she said: ‘On the second night (in Scotland) we were in the pub and they’d been bickering. I don’t know what about. 

‘I went to the toilet and came back and Ryan wasn’t sitting at the table and one of his friends was not at the table.Kate was upset and talking to the friend who remained at the table.’

Asked by Mr Wright QC, prosecuting, where Giggs was, she replied: ‘Kate said his friend had taken him outside. I could just tell way Kate was acting they’d had a serious argument.’

Describing the change in her sister’s relationship, Emma said: ‘It went from a loving relationship to being distant. You could feel the frostiness between them.’

Said said she had seen ‘verbal conflict’ but not physical until the night of the alleged headbutt on November 1 2020

It comes after the court was yesterday told how Kate Greville told a friend that bruising on her wrist was because of ‘rough sex’ with the former football star the night before.

Ms Greville met friend and boss Elsa Roodt a day after an alleged assault at a hotel in Dubai in 2017, in which she claims she was ‘dragged out of her room naked’ after she accused the ex-Manchester United star of seeing another woman.

PR boss Ms Roodt – giving evidence from a TV link from Dubai – yesterday told Manchester Crown Court that she met with Ms Greville the following day in her office.

Ms Roodt said: ‘She (Ms Greville) was very upset. She had been crying on and off and I noticed there were bruises on her arm. I could see them.’

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked her: ‘When you saw the bruises on her arm, did you speak to her about them?

Ms Roodt replied: ‘Yes, I asked her where she got the bruises.’ She continued: ‘She said after the argument they had, they ended up having quite rough sex, and the bruises were from that.’

Ms Roodt, who had employed Ms Greville to work in the Abu Dhabi office of her PR firm at the time, said she also noticed bruising again on Ms Greville’s arm on a separate occasion in Dubai in February 2020.

She said that Ms Greville had been ‘crying all night.’ She said: ‘She was very upset. She seemed very sad. She had bruises on her arm.’

The PR chief said Ms Greville told her that this time ‘Ryan got physical with her the night before in the hotel.’

Jury shown CCTV footage after Ryan Giggs allegedly headbutted sister at £1.7million home 

Jury members in the trial of Ryan Giggs have yesterday been shown CCTV footage taken after the ex-footballer allegedly headbutted ex-girlfriend and threatened to do the same to her sister.

In the footage, played in court, Giggs appeared in the doorway of his home, pointing at someone off camera.

Emma Greville then emerged on the phone to the police as Giggs walked past her towards a front gate.

Ms Greville had told the court this morning how she witnessed Giggs deliberately headbutt her sister before turning to her and saying ‘I’ll headbutt you next’

But his lawyer put it to her that this was not true.

Referring to the security camera footage taken from Giggs’ home, he told Ms Greville: ‘You don’t look particularly frightened’

She replied: ‘With the adrenaline running through me, no, I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to run away.’

The barrister said: ‘He was looking for the arrival of the police.’

Ms Greville said it had not occurred to her to ‘lock the door and hide’ while Giggs was out of the house and before the police arrived, despite her claiming she had just seen him headbutt her sister.

 

Former Wales midfielder Giggs, 48, is charged with assaulting former girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, causing her actual bodily harm during an argument at his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.

He is also charged with common assault of Ms Greville’s younger sister, Emma Greville, during an incident on the same day and of coercive or controlling behaviour over their six-year on-and-off relationship.

Ms Roodt had earlier told how she had to call the company’s internet provider to block Giggs’ email as it was ‘very intense’. She said: ‘It was interfering with her work so we had not other options but to block his emails’

Ms Roodt said that when Ms Greville first came to live in Abu Dhabi away from Giggs she started to ‘really come out of her shell’, adding: ‘she was really bubbly, really happy and we went out.’

However when Ms Greville and Giggs rekindled their relationship, Ms Roodt said: ‘She seemed a lot more worried. Her social pattern was a lot less. We didn’t spend much time with her.’

Mr Wright QC added: ‘You referred to her appearing nervous, how did that manifest itself? In what sort of behaviour?’

Ms Roodt responded and said :’She would be completely obsessed with her phone and constantly being available at all times.’

Yet when the relationship ended, Ms Roodt said her employee was ‘lighter, happier’.

Cross examining Ms Greville, Chris Daw QC defending Giggs, asked Ms Roodt if she knew if Ms Greville and Giggs frequently enjoyed ‘rough sex’ but she said she did not know.

Ms Roodt admitted she was never present at any arguments between Ms Greville and Giggs and had only met the former Wales boss ‘maybe three times.’

Ms Roodt confirmed one of those occasions was at a wedding in Spain involving Ms Greville’s friends in 2017. Asked if Giggs was ‘friendly, sociable and kind’ at the event, Ms Roodt replied: ‘Yes.’

Last week the court heard accusations from Ms Greville that Giggs was having ‘full-on’ affairs with eight other women during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-off relationship.

The PR executive made the discovery after accessing the football star’s iPad having ‘made it my mission to find out the truth’ about his other lovers, she told police.

She said how, during what she called a ‘cycle of abuse’, Giggs ‘dragged’ her out of the bedroom of a five-star hotel – leaving her naked in the corridor – after she accused him of ‘manically’ flirting with other women during a night out.

He then threw a bag containing her laptop at her head, giving her a ‘massive lump’, Manchester Crown Court heard.

When she attempted to leave him over his alleged flings and ‘controlling’ behaviour, Giggs would ‘bombard’ her with up to 50 messages an hour and threatened to ruin her career, she claimed.

Eventually she got into his iPad as she ‘needed to know the truth’ – and the ‘reality’ of his cheating was ‘way worse than I could imagine’, she said.

Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following his arrest. 

Ms Greville (pictured) previously told the court she had found evidence on an iPad that Giggs had engaged in 'full-on' relationships with eight other women during their six-year on and off relationship, and initially told police at the scene the number was as high as 12

Ms Greville's boss, PR chief Elsa Roodt (pictured), gave evidence in court yesterday (Monday)

Ms Greville (pictured left) previously told the court she had found evidence on an iPad that Giggs had engaged in ‘full-on’ relationships with eight other women during their six-year on and off relationship, and initially told police at the scene the number was as high as 12. Pictured right: Ms Greville’s boss, PR chief Elsa Roodt, gave evidence in court yesterday (Monday)

Ryan Giggs mother Lynne at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to support her son on Tuesday – on day seven of her son’s trial

The court heard that Ms Greville was employed by PR firm Tangerine for part of the alleged period of controlling behaviour and also by Giggs’ own company, GG Hospitality.

Giggs’ legal counsel, Chris Daw QC, said his client encouraged her career ambitions and went on to introduce most of her clients when she set up her business herself and earned a six-figure salary.

He said Ms Greville was ‘always completely financially independent’ and was free to travel and see her friends.

Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following a period of leave since November 2020.

During his time at Old Trafford, Manchester United won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

He won 64 caps for Wales and is co-owner of League Two side Salford City.

Giggs met Ms Greville in 2013 after she helped promote his Hotel Football venue, launched with ex-United teammate Gary Neville.

He divorced his wife Stacey in December 2017.  Giggs found love again with lingerie model, Zara Charles, 33, who has ‘supported’ him through the charges.

The trial continues. 

GIGGS’ ‘COERCIVE AND CONTROLLING BEHAVIOUR’ DETAILED TO JURY 

Ryan Giggs’ alleged assault on his former girlfriend, which prompted his arrest, was merely the culmination of years of abuse, the court heard.

Mr Wright detailed some of the incidents under which Giggs stands accused of using coercive or controlling behaviour and evidence of his ‘much uglier and more sinister side’.

The incidents included:

  • Messaging Ms Greville and/or blocking her when she was on nights out with others, or she asked about Giggs’ relationship with others.
  • Threatening to send images ‘of a personal nature’ to her friends.
  • Throwing her belongings out of his house when she questioned him about relationships with other women.
  • At a London hotel, rowing in the hotel suite and throwing her bag at her.
  • Appearing unwanted at her home or gym and contacting her friends to get her to speak to him again.

Mr Wright said these snapshots of his behaviour provided a ‘shaft of light’ on the real Ryan Giggs, who ‘stays in the dark, not the public persona’. 

The prosecutor added: ‘This was a manipulative, toxic, damaging relationship by a man upon a vulnerable woman.’

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