Ryan Giggs: trial hears ex ‘ashamed’ she stayed with him

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Ryan Giggs denies assaulting his ex Kate Greville and using controlling and coercive behavior against her

Giggs’ 36-year-old ex testified on the third day.

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Giggs, 48, denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms Greville, assaulting her, causing actual assault and collectively assaulting her younger sister between August 2017 and November 2020.

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Ryan Giggs is on trial accused of controlling and coercing his behavior against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.

What did Kate Greville say about living with Ryan Giggs?

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Ms Greville was asked at Giggs’ trial why she moved into the former Wales international’s home during the first Covid-19 lockdown when “he had been a serial and violent offender”.

She said: “It was a cycle of abuse that made me insecure.

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“I kept going back, he kept promising the world.”

Her voice cracked as she told the jury: “He made me believe he wouldn’t do it again and foolishly I went back. I’m very ashamed of it, but I did it.”

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Manchester Crown Court jurors heard PR manager Ms Greville, 36, described living with the accused during the first Covid-19 lockdown from March 2020 as “hell hell”.

The couple first moved in together after Giggs asked her to live with him on his property in Worsley, Greater Manchester, she said.

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On Thursday, defense counsel Chris Daw QC continued his cross-examination of Ms Greville, asking her: “Could you have gone to your parents or to someone else?”

Ms Greville replied: “Yes.”

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Mr Daw said: “Was one of the reasons you didn’t do it because you actually wanted to spend time with Ryan at his slightly larger house?”

The witness said, “I wanted to stay with Ryan, not because of his house, but because we had just resumed the relationship.”

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Mr Daw said: “May I suggest that if he had been a serial and violent offender you would not have done so?”

The lawyer played two videos of the couple in lockdown to the panel of seven women and two men – one showing them exercising together in the garden and the other as they rapped to 50 Cents In Da Club.

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Mr Daw told Ms Greville that lockdown was obviously difficult but the pair did normal things “most of the time” and had fun.

Ms Greville said: “It wasn’t just fun. That doesn’t mean he was nice to me all the time.

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“It was fine at the start of the lockdown but it just got worse.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs appears in court.

What was said about her decision to leave Giggs?

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During lockdown, the couple also took part in online family quizzes and wine tastings on Zoom and had star chefs bring food, the court heard.

But Ms Greville said there have been disputes, including one over loading the dishwasher.

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She told the court: “He made me feel like I was stupid the way I loaded it.

“I had to do it exactly the way he wanted it. This is just one example of many.”

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Mr Daw said: “You suggest in your various reports that the lockdown was a time of hell.”

Ms Greville replied: “I felt like I was going out of my mind. I had panic attacks. It was a terrible time for me.”

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Earlier this week, Ms Greville told a jury that Giggs grabbed her by the shoulders and headbutted her in November 2020.

Leading up to the alleged attack, she said she learned he had “full relationships” with eight women while they were together.

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On Thursday, Mr Daw told Ms Greville: “I propose to you that the decision (to leave him) was based solely on that issue, that infidelity. It had nothing to do with coercion, violence or anything like that.”

Ms Greville replied: “There are a lot of emails between me and him where I say a lot more things about control, coercion and manipulation.”

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She said it was “wrong” that her decision to leave Giggs was solely because “he was a scammer.”

What was said about a “plan” to get pregnant?

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Mr Daw asked if finding out Giggs was involved with other women made her decide to “develop a plan”.

Ms Greville told the court: “I needed a plan to get away secretly so he couldn’t find me, so he wouldn’t bother me. And how I was able to let him know how I found out about all these things.”

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Mr Daw said: “Her plan was to get pregnant by Mr Giggs.”

Ms Greville said: “No, absolutely not.”

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Chris Daw also said: “If you had gotten pregnant with Mr. Giggs, would you have expected significant support over a long period of time?”

He added: “They would have pretty much been tied together forever.”

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Ms Greville replied: “I know, and I never would have done that because I didn’t want to.”

She agreed with Mr. Daw that Giggs was “very flirtatious with women” and “attracted a lot of attention in all kinds of situations, both from men and women because he’s well known.”

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She told the jury: “I left him that night because I found that out, but it was in combination with everything else that was going on at the time that led me to the decision that I wasn’t dating him wanted to be.”

The defense attorney said: “If you had just walked out on him at that point, you would have come away empty-handed financially.”

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Ms Greville replied: “I didn’t want anything financially.”

She agreed that she wasn’t “distantly as rich” as Giggs, but said, “I could still take nice vacations with me, buy me nice things — he didn’t just provide that to me.”

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Ms Greville contradicted Mr Daw’s claim: “When you were with Mr Giggs you sometimes stayed in hotels that cost more than some people make for a night in a year.”

The court heard she texted Giggs: “Can you ask your guy Pete at Harrods if he can get these in a seven at Harrods?

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What did the defense ask you about the alleged headbutt?

Chris Daw QC, defending Giggs, asked Ms Greville where the former Wales international allegedly headbutted her and she pointed to her upper lip between her lip and nose.

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She said she had no idea what part of his head he used “because I didn’t see it because it was right in my face.”

Mr Daw said, “It wasn’t a headbutt, was it?”

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Ms Greville replied: “Of course it was a headbutt.”

Mr Daw said: “It was two faces coming together in a very slight form of contact.”

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She said: “This suggestion is completely wrong. What happened is that he came towards me with his arms on my shoulders, looked me straight in the eyes and headbutted me in the lip.

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