Ryan Giggs trial:ex tells court he headbutted her

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

Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend told court he headbutted her, then said: “Think about my career” after saying she will tell police he assaulted her.

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Kate Greville told the court she was in “shock” afterward and that Giggs “really wanted to hurt me.”

Jurors also heard Ms Greville say Giggs had “full relationships” with eight other women while he was with her.

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The 36-year-old PR executive claimed she spotted the footballer’s affairs on his tablet computer just before deciding to dump him.

Former Manchester Uniter player Giggs, 48, is said to have headbutted her at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020.

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He denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms Greville, assaulting her, causing actual physical harm and collectively assaulting her younger sister between August 2017 and November 2020.

A police interview with Ms Greville was shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

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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 tell the police?

She said Giggs constantly denied he cheated on her, but she “needed to know the truth,” so she checked his device.

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She said: “The reality of what I found on this iPad was far worse than I could have imagined.

“Eight women he had affairs with while he was with me. Complete relationships.”

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She told police she met Giggs in 2013 and they began an affair when they were both married, and she left her husband two months later.

“It was like he was my best friend, but there were definitely red flags,” she said of Giggs.

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She told police: “It was like he was almost two people. It was like, ‘Is he a good person? Is he a bad person?’

“I started getting terribly scared.”

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She described an incident during their relationship when the former Welsh winger “fell over” in a hotel room and grabbed her wrists “hard”.

She said he “literally dragged her naked body across the floor” before dumping her things in the corridor.

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Ms Greville said she was “humiliated and embarrassed” to find herself naked down the middle of the corridor.

She added: “That was the first time he was aggressive to me.”

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Ms Greville said that after more stormy times in their relationship, Giggs told her he had a “plan” and they were going to get a dog and she moved into his house.

She added: “It was just on a different level. There were a lot of put-downs that took my p*** off the entire time. Really secretive with his phone.”

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Ms Greville said Giggs would tell her to leave, then ask her to come back and then criticize her when his dinner wasn’t ready.

“He kind of set me on fire,” she said.

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“A very subtle thing. I was like his maid or his mother when his tea wasn’t ready on time.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs appears in court.

What did she say during her testimony?

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Ms Greville gave testimony from behind a curtain on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about photos showing bruises on her arm and knee following an incident in Dubai in February 2020.

When asked by Peter Wright QC, the prosecutor responsible for the injuries, she replied: “Ryan Giggs.”

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She said the player joined her in Dubai as part of a “reconciliation” after a period they broke up.

She told the court: “We went back to the hotel room and I was absolutely fine, I thought there were absolutely no problems.

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“And then all of a sudden he said, ‘You’re a liability when you’re drunk’.”

She broke down in tears on the witness stand, adding, “I felt attacked by him all the time, so I felt like he was going to try me again.”

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She said he called her by his ex-wife’s name – Stacey – which he used to do as the “ultimate insult” and stood in her way to stop her when she tried to leave her hotel room.

“He grabbed my bag and pulled my bag very hard on my arm to keep me from walking — and I fell forward on my knee,” she said.

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What did she say about Giggs allegedly attacking her?

Giggs is said to have “lost control” and headbutted Ms Greville after she decided to leave him, before elbowing her sister Emma in the jaw as she tried to pull him from Ms Greville as she clinging to the ground.

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Ryan Giggs began unloading her belongings in garbage bags from her car in front of the house, Kate Greville told the court.

She said: “I said, ‘Please. I just want to see my father. I just want to take the dog with me.’ Of course I was very upset, he was my absolute world, this dog.

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The couple then wrestled over Ms Greville’s phone in the hallway of the house and in an adjacent utility room.

Ms Greville continued: “He pushed me backwards, I ended up lying on my back in the utility room. I was lying on my back on the floor with my phone in my hand.

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“Ryan was on top of me. He pushes me to the floor and tries to reach for the phone in my hand.

“I tried to do everything to get him off me. I called my sister for help: ‘Take him from me’.”

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She said her sister Emma grabbed Giggs by the waist to pull him down but he pushed his arm back to try to pry her off him and it is claimed he hit her in the jaw.

Giggs managed to grab Ms Greville’s phone and pin her head to the ground as he got off her, she said.

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Ms Greville said Giggs told her he had called the police and would tell officers Ms Greville had assaulted him and was a “psycho”.

She added: “He was really angry but quite cocky. There was some baiting, he was basically trying to bait me.

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Ms Greville told the court of the alleged headbutt, which Ryan Giggs then carried out: “I said I’m glad the police are coming because you attacked me and I’ll tell them what happened.

“He came up to me and hit me in the face with his head. He just walked up to me, grabbed my shoulders and slammed his head in my face.

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“I said, ‘I can’t believe you just did that.’ I was shocked. I fell backwards, my lip swelled up immediately so I cupped my hands to my mouth. I could taste the blood.

“I was just shocked. All the other times he hurt me, it was different. This was done with real intention. He really wanted to hurt me.”

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Ms Greville said Giggs then said to her: “You have to think about this Kate. This will ruin me and it will ruin you. Think of my job, think of my career, think of my kids.

“And I said, ‘Well, you shouldn’t have done it then’.”

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The police arrived and Giggs was arrested.

The trial was adjourned to Wednesday morning.

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