Ten-day trial continues as retired Manchester United star stands accused of assaulting Kate Greville but denies the charges against him
Mr Giggs, 48, stands accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 と11月 2020, 彼女を襲う, causing actual bodily harm and the common assault of her younger sister.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Ms Greville is currently facing cross-examination from Mr Giggs’s defence barrister, Christopher Daws QC, and has 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 on Wednesday. “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 seeing 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 may suffer from narcissistic personality disorder.
The trial adjourns for lunch
That’s it for the moment – proceedings resume at 2pm.
Defence barrister claims Greville’s bruising caused by ‘rough sex’, not assault
Ms Greville explains that she had told her business partner Elsa Roodt that the bruise she returned from Dubai with had been sustained during sex, rather than an assault, “because I was embarrassed and I didn’t want to admit it.”
Mr Daw counters: “That’s a complete lie isnt it? It was a bruise caused by rough sex, the kind of which you both enjoyed a lot.”
She denies this.
He persists: “The idea of it being a sex bruise as a rouse is ridiculous. The truth is you did from time to time get bruises from sex.”
Ms Greville answers: “Not that I recall.”
The QC then discusses a string of messages concerning handcuffs and a paddle to underscore the idea that the couple participated in sadomasochistic sex and that her injury could have been sustained through such practices.
Giggs lawyer accuses Greville of ‘complete pack of lies’ over hotel corridor claim
Christopher Daws is now disputing Ms Greville’s harrowing account yesterday of an incident in Dubai in which Mr Giggs allegedly “dragged her naked across the floor and threw her out of a hotel room”, leaving her stranded in a corridor.
“I’m going to suggest that didn’t happen,」と彼は言います.
She rejects his suggestion that the story is “a complete pack of lies” before breaking down in tears.
エピソード, as the accuser tells it, appears to have been one of many dramatic moments in an on-off relationship that Ms Greville said previously said was “like a rollercoaster”, which saw her relocate to the UAE at one stage to escape Mr Giggs’s attentions and which led her to suspect he was a compulsive womaniser.
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Ex-Manchester United footballer Giggs denies the charges against him
Relationship became ‘relentlessly awful’ after ‘fairytale’ start, Greville says
Ms Greville denies Mr Daws’s suggestion that she was primarily interested in Mr Giggs became of his wealth and fame and disuptes his timeline of their relationship, saying they first slept together in December 2014 and that she left her husband the following February.
She says that the nasty language seen in Mr Giggs’s aforementioned text messages was not typical of their relationship initially.
Asked if the ex-footballer had behaved lovingly towards her, she answers: “At the beginning yes. For four-and-a-half years he was nice, for one-and-a-half years he wasn’t. By the end of the relationship it was relentlessly awful.
“The time it really ramped up and it was awful was during Covid when we were living together. When I returned back to Manchester [from the UAE in January 2018] that’s when he turned and there was a significant change in his behaviour.”
Presented with the suggestion that the abusive messages were atypical, Ms Greville counters:“Yes they were, he hadn’t written it down before. 彼がいた, he just did it verbally. He sent it in emails because he couldn’t do it verbally and I was standing up for myself.”
Asked to reflect on their happier moments, she describes their initial relationship as like a “fairytale”.
“He was very supportive," 彼女が言います. “He made me feel amazing. He love-bombed me. I literally thought he was the best thing.”
Ex-girlfiend saw Giggs as ‘knight in shining armour’
Mr Daws, seeking to prove that both parties were responsible for the commencement of their relationship, alludes to “provocative” pictures Ms Greville sent to Mr Giggs after they first met.
“I knew he was interested,” she explains. “I was in an awful relationship with my ex-husband. It was horrendous. He showed me attention. It was flattering. He made feel better than my ex-husband. It felt like escapism.”
彼女は続けます: “I did care he was married but at that point in time… When someone is, like they’re your knight in shining armour, that takes over.”
Greville says she felt ‘lured’ into relationship
Ms Greville has told the court she felt lured into a relationship with Mr Giggs, noticing how often he repeated her first name, which she interpreted as a calculated endearment strategy.
”There were things I noticed about him that definitely were luring me into a relationship,” 彼女が言います, citing the book How To Win Friends and Influence People.
Christopher Daws, cross-examining, asks whether she has any evidence that Mr Giggs ever read that book, attempting to debunk the idea that he might have been engaging in “clever psychological games”. She answers no.
”The impression you give is you only had an affair with Ryan because of your own unhappiness and he had effectively reeled you in with techniques and strategies,” the defence barrister contends.
Ms Greville replies: “I’m giving examples of how it started…. I was fully involved in that at the time, pressuring me to get in a relationship, 絶対違う. There were definitely things of him luring me into a relationship and when my mum asked me to get a signed shirt I knew that would be the start of something.
“I felt like he was using techniques and I was vulnerable, that’s fact. I was in a controlling relationship, that’s a fact.”
Greville believes Giggs has narcissistic personality disorder
The accuser says she Googled the condition and found its definition resonated with her experiences of the relationship with Mr Giggs.
She denies speaking to journalists and reading news reports about the early stages of the trial.
“I’ve got a 12-week-old baby, I’ve not got time to read things," 彼女が言います.
Ex-girlfriend says she was ‘slave to Giggs’ every need and every demand’
Ms Greville says of Mr Giggs that she was a “slave to his every need and every demand”.
“That’s what it felt like,” she tells 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.”
Elaborating on how she met him, she tells the court: “I was vulnerable and I was in a vulnerable position and he played on that.”
She contends that Mr Giggs went on to “damaged relationships with my friends and isolated me from certain people”, saying that he ”interfered” with “elements” of her social life and was “aggressive regularly” and there were ”times when he was violent”.
She denies Mr Daw’s suggestion that she is motivated by compensation.
Judge Manley has now got matters underway after this morning’s delay, explaining that she was “dealing with a matter of law”.
Mr Giggs’s barrister Christopher Daw QC can commence his cross-examination of Ms Greville, which he begins by establishing how she would prefer to be addressed and whether she has read back over witness statements to police from November 2020.
She says she did so for the first time last Friday.
Giggs had affairs with eight women, ex-girlfriend tells assault trial
With the preliminary matters still under discussion and holding up proceedings, here is our report of Ms Greville’s accusation that Mr Giggs was involved with at least eight other women during their relationship, a discovery she claims to have made by looking through messages on his iPad.
Kate Greville claimed she discovered the former footballer’s affairs shortly before she decided to leave him.