Ryan Giggs kicked ex in back and threw her naked out of hotel room, court told

Former Manchester United midfielder denies charges of assault and controlling and coercive behaviour

Charlene Rodrigues
Friday 23 July 2021 16:18
<p>Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court</p>

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court

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

The claim forms part of what is said to be a pattern of controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020.

On Friday, Mr Giggs appeared at Manchester Crown Court where he entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

He denied a second count that he assaulted Ms Greville and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 last year.

Mr Giggs also pleaded not guilty to the common assault by beating of Ms Greville's youngster sister, Emma Greville, in the same alleged incident on 1 November last year.

Details of Mr Giggs’ alleged controlling and coercive behaviour read out by the clerk include, "Messaging her and/or blocking [Ms Greville] when she was on nights out with others, or asked about your relationship with others."

"Threatening to send e-mails to her friends and her employers about your sexual relationship and behaviour, throwing her belongings out of the house when she questioned him about relationships with other women."

"At the Stafford Hotel in London, kicking her in the back, and then throwing her out of the hotel bedroom naked, followed by throwing her bag at her when she accused you of flirting with other women."

"Sending constant unwanted messages and making constant unwanted calls to her and her friends when she tried to break off the relationship."

"After she had tried to break off the relationship, regularly turning up unannounced and uninvited at her home, workplace and gym."

Mr Giggs is accused of deliberately head-butting his ex-girlfriend during the alleged incident in Worsley.

Shortly after he was charged with the offences, he issued a statement denying all the allegations and said he would "look forward to clearing my name".

The court also heard the former couple were involved in a separate civil dispute over ownership of a pet in a hearing lasting just over 30 minutes.

Mr Giggs will go on trial in the criminal proceedings at Manchester Crown Court on 24 January 2022.

A further pre-trial hearing will take place at the same court on 8 October this year.

Judge Hilary Manley extended Mr Giggs's bail on condition he will not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are.

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

In his time at Old Trafford, the club won 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.

Additional reporting by PA