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Ryan Giggs ‘threw naked ex-girlfriend out of hotel room’, court hears

Written by on 23/07/2021

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs allegedly kicked his ex-girlfriend in the back and threw her naked out of their hotel room, a court has heard.

The Wales manager has been accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

On Friday, he appeared at Manchester Crown Court where he entered his plea and denied a second count that he assaulted the 36-year-old and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, last year.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs (centre) leaves Manchester Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour. Picture date: Friday July 23, 2021.
Image: Former Manchester United footballer Giggs (centre) denies the charges against him

Giggs, 47, is said to have deliberately head-butted his ex-girlfriend during the alleged incident.

He also pleaded not guilty to the common assault by beating of Ms Greville’s younger sister, Emma, in the same incident on 1 November 2020.

Details of his alleged controlling and coercive behaviour were read out in court which accused him of kicking Ms Greville in the back, throwing her out of their room at the Stafford Hotel in London and then throwing her bags at her after she accused him of flirting with other women.

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Giggs also allegedly:

• Messaged Ms Greville or blocked her when she was on nights out with other people, or she asked him about his relationship with others

• Threatened to send emails about his sexual relationships and behaviour to her friends and employers

• Threw Ms Greville’s belongings out of his house when she questioned him about his relationship with other women

• Regularly turned up unannounced and uninvited to Ms Greville’s home, workplace and gym after she tried to break off the relationship

• Sent constant unwanted messages and made constant unwanted calls to her and her friends when she tried to break up with him

At the time he was charged, the former footballer said he “looked forward to clearing my name”.

Ryan Giggs in action during the 1999 Champions League: Final. Pic: AP
Image: Giggs in action during the 1999 Champions League. Pic: AP

Giggs will go on trial at Manchester Crown Court on 24 January and a further pre-trial hearing will take place at the same court on 8 October.

His bail was extended by the judge on the condition that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville, or go to any address where they are.

Giggs, who he won 64 international caps for as a player, is on leave from his position as manager of Wales

In his 24 years at Old Trafford, the club won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups, before he retired in 2014.

He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.

 Sky News

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