Emma Greville, Ryan Giggs’ ex-Kate’s sister, testified at his trial
Ryan Giggs’ trial was said to have told Kate Greville’s younger sister ‘I’m going to headbutt you next’ after he allegedly assaulted his ex.
Earlier in the second week of the trial, Emma Greville, 26, testified that during an argument, Giggs, 48, put his hands on his ex-girlfriend’s shoulders, 38, and headbutted her in the lip “with a lot of force”.
Ms Greville said he then blamed her for the incident at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.
Giggs denies assaulting Kate Greville, who actually assaulted her and assaulted her by hitting Emma Greville.
He has also pleaded not guilty to controlling and coercing Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
What did Emma Geville say in her statement?
Emma Greville told jurors at Manchester Crown Court how she looked after the couple’s puppy Mac on November 1, 2020 while Giggs and her sister were having dinner at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre.
She said the PR executive was already planning to leave Giggs at a later date while he was on tour.
She received a call from her sister on Nov. 1, who was “upset” that the couple were late for dinner because Giggs had “been drinking all day,” she said.
Kate Greville later sent her a message: “Put my things in the car, we’re going tonight,” the court heard.
Emma Greville said her sister was “visibly upset” when she arrived and could see she had been drinking but “didn’t trip”.
Peter Wright QC, Prosecutor, asked: “Did she explain anything to you about the reason for her upset at the time?”
Emma Greville replied: “She just told me she confronted him about cheating but didn’t go into detail because we were on a tight timeframe. We wanted to get out of the house.”
Giggs followed about 15 to 20 minutes later, she said, and his mood was “not happy.”
She said: “He was also very drunk.”
Emma Greville said she retreated to a bedroom in the house before later going back downstairs and seeing her sister hugging the puppy in the hallway.
She told the court, “Ryan then said, ‘Say goodbye to the dog, you’ll never see him again.’ It was a derogatory way that he had the power to keep the dog knowing the dog was Kate’s.
“He said we couldn’t take the dog with us.”
Giggs then accused Kate of taking his phone, the witness said, which she denied.
He proceeded to pick up some of Kate’s belongings and place them in the hallway, including a purse with her phone on it.
Emma Greville said in court: “Ryan turned to Kate and said, ‘If I don’t have my phone, you don’t have yours.
“Kate grabbed it before him and they were in physical contact with each other.”
She went to check on the dog and when she came back she saw Giggs’ legs sticking out of the shoe room into the hallway.
She said: “I could hear shouting, arguing and fighting. Kate was on her back and Ryan was on top of her. Ryan tried to steal Kate’s phone.
“His face was in line with her face. Her legs were more bent and he was lying flat on top of her. I could tell from her facial expression that she was in pain.
“Kate said ‘take him from me’ so I wrapped both my arms around his waist and when Kate used her legs to push him down I pulled.
“When I pulled him up, he was standing up in the doorway. He turned to the right and his elbow touched my jaw and as a result I let go. Not in a gentle way, it was an ‘get off me’ kind of thing.”
Ms Greville told the court she was “upset”, felt “shocked” and immediately called her parents for advice on what to do next
What did she say about the alleged headbutt?.
Next, she saw her sister in the kitchen trying to get her phone out of Gigg’s back pocket.
She told the court, “I said to Ryan, ‘Just give her phone back and we’ll go’.
“I also said to him, ‘I saw you reach for her phone on top of her so I know you have her phone.’
“He called me a ‘fucking liar.’ Kate said to Ryan: “See, I have proof”.
“He had gone from being annoyed to extremely angry.
“He put both hands on Kate’s shoulders and put his head on her lip with great force.
“She fell to the ground screaming and covering her face.
“After that he told me it was my fault he headbutted Kate, turned to me and said, ‘I’m going to headbutt you next.’
“I was scared because he headbutted Kate, so why wouldn’t he do the same to me?”
Kate told her to call the police, she said, when Giggs begged her not to, saying: “Think of my daughter, think of my career”.
She said he told her to think about her sister’s career and that “it would be all over the papers.”
Emma Greville said she thinks her sister’s relationship with Giggs has ranged from “loving to very distant.”
By the night of November 1, there had been swearing and screaming in their arguments, but “nothing physical,” she said.
What did the defense ask you?
Defending Chris Daw QC suggested to Emma Greville that there was no intentional contact with her jaw as Giggs balked at being kicked in the head by her sister.
She replied, “There was.”
Mr Daw said: “I take it that what you encountered was a scuffle in the kitchen and there was no more than one accidental contact, certainly not an intentional headbutt. Do you agree?”
“Absolutely disagree,” she said.
Mr Daw said Giggs’ threat to headbutt her was “not true”.
She replied, “Well, it’s true.”
Emma Greville said Giggs did not tell her at the time that any of the alleged attacks were accidental and never apologized to her or her sister.
She said his behavior before police arrived was “irregular” as he was “pacing up and down stressed out”.
When officers attended the address, “he seemed calm,” she said.
What was said about “intensive” email?
Kate Geville’s employer tried to block Gigg’s “intense” emails because they “interfered with her work,” according to the court.
Elsa Roodt said Q Communications had “no choice” but to try to block Giggs’ emails because Ms Greville “couldn’t do her job”.
The jury heard evidence from Ms Roodt, who appeared on a video link from Dubai.
Ms Roodt said Ms Greville was hired to help set up the firm’s Abu Dhabi office in 2016.
“At one point, early in her tenure, we had to call our ISP to block Ryan Giggs’ email,” she told the court.
“It was intense and Kate couldn’t do her job. It was interfering with their work and we had no choice but to try and block his email.”
Ms Roodt said that when Ms Greville first started working for the company, she was “very lively, very happy”, but described a noticeable difference in her over time.
The trial will continue on Tuesday.