Ten-day trial ongoing as retired Manchester United winger stands accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend but denies the charges against him
Ryan Giggs: Former Wales boss and Manchester United star on trial for domestic violence
Mr Giggs, 48, stands accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 和十一月 2020, assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm and the common assault of her younger sister.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
在星期三, Ms Greville faced cross-examination from defence barrister Christopher Daws QC and described feeling like a “slave to [Mr Giggs’] every need and every demand” during their on-off relationship.
“That’s what it felt like,” she told the court. “If Ryan said do something, I would do it. He made me feel like I had to do everything he said or there would be consequences.”
She described initially regarding him as a “knight in shining armour” rescuing her from an unhappy marriage, before he “lured” her into an affair and gradually became “aggressive regularly”, speculating that he might suffer from narcissistic personality disorder.
Trial adjourns for lunch
The courtroom clears for a recess.
Proceedings will resume at 2pm.
Greville says Giggs left her feeling ‘out of control of her own life’
Continuing his attempt to discredit Ms Greville’s description of Mr Giggs’ impact on her personal life, Mr Daw accuses her of a “nasty lie” in saying that her former boyfriend had not cared when her father was ill. She rejects this.
“You took foreign holidays a lot, you took foreign holidays a lot with Mr Giggs, you took a lot of foreign holiday with your friends, you had a lot of dinners out, went to a lot of parties, did regular trips to exercise places, had a good job and earned good money, went to work every day, had your own apartment in Manchester, and maintained contact with all your friends. He never stopped you from doing what you wanted to do,” he insists.
She answers: “He made it very difficult for me, for how I lived my life.”
Mr Daw persists: “You remained in control of your own life throughout that relationship.”
She replies: “Absolutely not, I felt out of control.”
QC says claim Giggs broke up Greville’s friendships ‘a naked lie’
Mr Daw attempts to debunk the complainant’s description of the deteriorating effect the relationship had on her friendships by pouring over holiday snaps from the period featuring Ms Greville and others in Malta and Portugal,
She counters by saying, “He would make those relationships very difficult for me to have”, and describes Mr Giggs openly flirting with her friends and blocking them on social media.
Greville disputes suggestion Giggs connection instrumental to her new business
When Mr Daw suggests that four of the most important clients to her new PR agency were secured through her ties to Ryan Giggs, Ms Greville rejects the idea.
She also denies that she saw much of her family at this time, claiming that Mr Giggs alienated her from her closest allies and that he only let her sister Emma dog-sit for them “because it benefited him, she looked after the dog and helped around the house and he liked it”.
She adds: “I didn’t want to interact with my friends or tell them things, so that affected how I interacted around my friends because I couldn’t tell them the truth.”
‘I know the difference between an argument and abuse’
Discussing domestic disputes during this period, Ms Greville says: “He was making me feel I was stupid, that the way I was loading the dishwasher was stupid and it had to be done how he wanted… I know the difference between an argument and abuse.”
Asked about actual acts of violence, 她说: “At the end of lockdown, 十一月, he was very violent and aggressive.”
Summing up the period, 她说: “I felt like I was losing my mind, having panic attacks, it was a horrific time for me, mentally it was a horrendous time for me.”
Court shown videos of Giggs and Greville living together during Covid lockdown
While the clips in question depict the couple living harmoniously during the pandemic, exercising together and appearing in jokey TikTok videos miming to 50 Cent, Ms Greville insists the situation was not so clear-cut.
“It doesn’t mean he was nice to me all the time,” she tells the court.
“At the start of lockdown it was fine but it got progressively worse.”
Mr Daw dismisses this by saying lockdown was hard for everyone and that there are no reports of Mr Giggs being violent or aggressive at this time.
He says she would not have moved in with him – the first time they had lived together as a couple – if he were “a serial and violent abuser” and suggests she might have been tempted by his “big house and huge garden”.
She refutes this.
“He kept promising the world and I believed him, he’s very charming and I stupidly went back again and I’m hugely ashamed of that but I did.”
She breaks down in tears, as she did once on Wednesday.
“You said lockdown was hell and he was behaving controlling again,” Mr Daw says.
“Yes he was,” she answers.
QC grills Greville over Dubai argument
Apparently attempting to suggest that the complainant too has a volatile side, Mr Daw asks her about a feud during the Dubai holiday that he suggests erupted when Mr Giggs actually called Ms Greville “Stacey”, his ex-wife’s name.
“不, what caused the argument was him saying I was a liability when I’m drunk,”她解释说.
He continues: “Mr Giggs was upset because what was an unfortunate slip of the tongue caused you go to ballistic.”
Ms Greville counters: “No that’s not what happened.”
She denies flying into a rage and says instead: “I wasn’t angry I was upset, I go silent when I’m upset and Ryan doesn’t like that.”
Barrister accuses Greville of lying about Giggs throwing laptop
Mr Daw is suggesting that there is no trace of any injury visible in photos of Ms Greville from the time of the alleged London hotel incident and suggests: “That’s all just lies isn’t it?”
“Not at all,” she answers.
He then questions her about being jealous when Mr Giggs was paired with another woman at a golf tournament and accuses her of flirting with another man to make her then-boyfriend envious in turn.
“I disagree,” she says of that characterisation of her behaviour.
Asked to explain why she did not mention the alleged Dubai assault in her initial witness statement, she answers: “I had to remember everything from the course of our relationship so we’re going to miss out on some details… I found a photo of it which triggered my memory.
“When you’re in it you’re justifying it in your head… It’s just push and pull in an argument but when I saw the photo I thought ‘No, that’s abusive’.”
Trial to resume after break
Judge Hilary Manley, the jury and the complainant have returned to the courtroom so that proceedings can continue.
‘He made me feel like it was my fault’
Mr Daw is now referring to text messages between the couple the next day, in which they discuss mutual hangovers and which he suggests are “good natured” and “good humoured” and appear to contradict her claim to have been violently assaulted.
“There’s nothing to suggest he violently assaulted you the night before,“ 他说.
“不, because he made me feel like it was my fault,” she answers.
“He made me feel like it was my fault, he made me feel insecure and made me feel I couldn’t have a problem with what happened because it was my fault.”
The trial will now take a short break.