Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has told a jury how arguments with his partner, such as those he had in a Dubai hotel corridor, were a “normal” feature of their relationship.
He previously confirmed to Manchester Crown Court that he had always been unfaithful in his romantic relationships – but had never assaulted a woman.
Giggs began testifying on Tuesday for his defense where he stands trial and is accused of killing his ex-partner Kate Greville, 38, and her younger sister Emma Greville, 26, at his home in Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020 attacking Worsley.
The 48-year-old is also accused of using controlling and coercive behavior against Kate Greville.
The former winger’s lawyer, Chris Daw QC, asked Giggs if he agreed he was “well known” as a footballer around the world.
Mr Daw added: “But you are also known for something else, you have a reputation for infidelity. Is this reputation justified?”
Giggs replied, “Yes.”
Turning to the former Wales international’s romantic life, Mr Daw asked: “Throughout your relationships with women, right down to Ms Greville, have you managed to remain faithful to any of them?”
“No,” Giggs said.
The lawyer asked, “If an attractive woman has shown you an interest regardless of your marital status, can you resist?”
Giggs replied, “No.”
He agreed he was a “flirt” by nature and confirmed he had lied to his ex-wife Stacey and wife Greville about his infidelity.
Turning to the allegations he is on trial for, Mr Daw asked: “Have you ever physically assaulted a woman?”
“No,” Giggs replied.
Mr Daw continued: “Either on November 1, 2020 or on another occasion?”
Giggs repeated, “No.”
Mr Daw then asked: “Have you ever attempted to control or coerce a woman in any way or in the way Ms Greville claimed?”
Again, Giggs replied, “No.”
Mr Daw asked: “Have you made Kate Greville a slave to all your needs and demands as she has described?” and Giggs replied: “I have not.”
Giggs told the judges about his early football career, having coached at Manchester City before being spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson aged 13 and playing for Manchester United’s first-team as a teenager.
He spoke of meeting his now-ex-wife at a barbecue when he was 18, how they started dating in their late 20s, moved to Worsley and had two children.
Giggs said he has a “very good” relationship with his children, but when asked if he was faithful to his wife, Giggs replied, “No, I wasn’t.”
He first met Ms Greville around 2013-14 when she was working for a PR firm tasked with handling his dealings with Gary Neville.
“When I first met Kate, I was immediately drawn to her, I found her attractive, I found her intelligent, I found her funny,” he said.
The couple, who were both married, later exchanged photos, including one of her in a cropped sports top.
“I had never seen her body before,” Giggs said.
“It was the first time I knew she had abs. She was in good shape. I thought she looked hot.”
They first had sex the night before a scheduled photo shoot in London for Cafe Football.
Ms Greville was “unhappy” in her marriage and left her husband “no more than six months” after she and Giggs first slept together.
Giggs said he continued to stay at his family home with his then-wife Stacey and their two children as the affair continued.
He added they “fell in love” but he didn’t move out until “some time later.”
Mr Daw asked: “To put it bluntly, in a way did you want to have your cake and eat it?”
Giggs replied, “Yes.”
In the end, Giggs said it was a “press article associating me with Kate” published in May 2016 that led to his departure — a decision he called “tough.”
“She (Stacey) questioned me about it. I denied it,” he said.
When asked if it was an amicable split from his ex-wife, he replied, “No, I would say challenging.”
In the summer of 2016, as Ms. Greville was preparing to move to Abu Dhabi for a work opportunity, they talked about a relationship and decided to “make it work”.
He was asked about an incident at the Westin Hotel in Dubai in 2017, when Ms Greville claimed Giggs dragged her naked body across the floor of his hotel room before throwing her belongings into a corridor.
After Giggs was “getting along really well” that night, Giggs claimed things took a turn when he texted his daughter, Libby.
“I was just a bit irritated because she (Kate) made it pretty obvious that she was peering over my shoulder,” he added.
“It felt like she didn’t believe it was Libby I was texting,” Giggs said, adding that when Ms. Greville “burst into his hotel room,” he “followed back” and an argument ensued started.
Giggs denied any “physical element” to the argument and said he started packing Ms Greville’s suitcase after telling her he didn’t want her to stay with him.
“I didn’t manage to close it (the suitcase), but I led her to the front door with the suitcase,” he said.
He said they were “halfway out,” between the corridor and the room, before Ms Greville re-entered with her luggage.
They later reconciled and “had sex, which we had quite a lot — which could get pretty rough, but nothing weird, just rough,” Giggs said.
He added they would regularly “share what we were going to do.”
When asked by Mr Daw if the incident was unusual in their “rollercoaster” type relationship, Giggs replied, “It wasn’t unusual, but I wouldn’t say it was regular.”
Ms Greville has been appointed for a £100,000-a-year PR job for GG Hospitality, owned by Giggs and former United team-mate Gary Neville, and specifically to do the PR for the launch of their new initiative, the Stock Exchange Hotel organize and restaurant.
Around the same time in January 2019, Giggs was being interviewed and landed his “dream job” as manager of the Wales football team.
Giggs was then asked how the pair would row and then “block” each other, with the ex-footballer saying “it was immature” but denying it was an attempt to control Ms Greville.
His attorney asked why Giggs sent Greville an email with the subject line blackmail and an attached video of her dancing to Christmas carols.
Giggs replied: “It was just a joke between me and Kate.
“Just awkwardly dancing, something that wasn’t in her nature to behave silly at a Christmas party.”
He told the court he “never” shared private photos or videos of Ms Greville.
Earlier, jurors overheard Giggs in a prepared statement telling detectives his “head collided” with his girlfriend’s during a “fight” over a cellphone at his home, but the hit was “not intentional.”
Giggs denies wrongdoing and the trial continues.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ryan-giggs-dubai-manchester-crown-court-greater-manchester-alex-ferguson-b2146260.html Giggs jury said incidents like Dubai hotel row with girlfriend were ‘normal’