Ryan Giggs arrives at court to face ex-girlfriend as she reveals 'abuse at hands of former footie star' | The Sun
RYAN Giggs will face his ex-girlfriend in court today accused of drunkenly headbutting her following three years of abuse.
Kate Greville, 38, is expected to detail how the former Manchester United star sent threatening text messages when she tried to leave him before assaulting her in a five-star hotel room.
Giggs is accused of kicking his ex-partner in the back at the luxury Stafford London in a row over him flirting with other women – one of a string of assaults alleged to have taken place over almost three years.
He has been charged with causing Kate actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour – claims he has denied.
He has also denied attacking the 36-year-old's sister at his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
And the 48-year-old faces a string of controlling or coercive behaviour accusations between August 31, 2017, and November 2, 2020.
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Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday heard this includes threatening to send emails to Kate's friends and employers about her sexual behaviour, as well as making unwanted calls when she tried to break off the relationship.
The former Wales boss also allegedly turned up unannounced and uninvited at her home, workplace and gym, and chucked her belongings out of his house when she asked him about his relationships with other women.
Giggs denies causing Kate actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour.
Kate will today give evidence from behind a screen at Manchester Crown Court, and a video recoding of her police interview will also be played to the jury.
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Opening the case for the prosecution, Peter Wright QC yesterday said Giggs was "idolised by his adoring fans" and described his skills on the pitch as "abundant and a thing of beauty".
But he told the jury that behind closed doors was a "much uglier and more sinister side to his character".
"This was a private life that involved a litany of abuse, both physical and psychological, of a woman he professed to love," he said.
"A woman who, in reality, was, if the evidence is to be believed, treated in a way that cannot be excused or overlooked, by either an adoring public, or the law.
"This is a story of control and coercion of a woman who thought she was loved and respected, sadly the reality was very different."
Giggs, who is on conditional bail and must not contact Kate or Emma, won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Man Utd, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.
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He stepped down as Wales manager last month after going on leave when he was charged in November 2020.
The footballer said he did not want the country's preparations for this year's World Cup in Qatar to be "affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case".
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