Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend has told court she has become “a slave to all his needs and demands”.
ate Greville told a jury at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday that if Giggs told her to do something, she would do it.
The PR executive said during cross-examination of defending Chris Daw QC: “He made me feel like I had to do what he said or there would be consequences.”
Giggs, 48, denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020, assaulting her, causing actual physical harm and committing the collective assault on her younger sister Emma.
The court heard that Ms Greville had made a statement the day before the trial began, saying she had felt like a “slave” to the accused.
She said: “That’s what it felt like. If Ryan said do something, I would do it.”
Ms Greville agreed that she gave a number of testimonies to police following the alleged attack in November 2020, including two in the last week.
Mr Daw asked: “Did you tell the whole truth in making these statements to the police?”
She replied, “100%.”
Mr Daw said: “Have you ever told the police any lies about anything?”
Ms Greville replied: “No.”
The attorney continued, “Have you ever told lies to anyone else – your family and friends – in relation to this case?”
She repeated, “No.”
I was in a vulnerable position and he played on it
Mr Daw said: “It’s your position, isn’t it, that he practically manipulated you into getting into a relationship at all – some level of mind games?”
Ms Greville said: “I was in a vulnerable position and he played on it.”
Mr Daw said: “Wasn’t that just two consenting adults who were both married the same at the time and were having an affair?”
The witness replied, “Because of the situation I found myself in with my ex-husband, there was a certain imbalance on my side.”
She told the court that Giggs’ allegedly controlling behavior also affected their friendships and “he isolated me from certain people.”
She added he also “impaired my ability to interact with my family.”
Ms Greville told the court that violence by Giggs was “not regular” and that he would use aggression more as a form of control.
Mr Daw asked: “Are you saying he undermined your confidence and self-esteem and in that way belittled you in general?”
She said: “Yes, by and large he was, but on the other hand it was two extremes. Other times he gave me confidence.
“He wasn’t always terrible, not always terrible. It was hot and cold. Two different people. The result of his behavior … eroded my confidence.”
In May 2019, Ms. Greville Giggs wrote, saying, “I love everything you do for me.”
The ex-footballer replied: “For example?”
Ms Greville wrote: “If you pick me up. All support. The convos. All.”
Mr Daw asked her, “Was that the truth?”
She told the court: “We were in a really good place at that point. We had just gotten back together.”
Mr. Daw said, “No slave here?”
“No,” said the witness.
Ms Greville said she was “really into psychology” and throughout the relationship googled what was happening in their relationship.
“What came up wasn’t compulsion, it was narcissistic personality disorder,” she told the court. “And what I experienced was very similar to that.”
She told the court her relationship with Giggs began in 2013 when she was in a “controlling marriage” and noted the soccer star was interested in her.
But she said she was vulnerable and he used “techniques” to lure her in.
She told the jury, “There were things about him that definitely drew me into a relationship.”
Mr Daw said: “The truth is that it is a complete fiction that Ryan applies psychological techniques to your weak points. It’s just rubbish.”
Ms Greville replied: “Absolutely not. I felt like he was using techniques. I was vulnerable, that’s a fact. I was in a controlling relationship. That’s fact.”
She said it “felt like escapism” with Giggs showing her attention when she was very low, adding, “If someone looked like your knight in shining armor — ‘Oh my god, that man would be my soulmate ‘—this takes over.”
Mr Daw asked: “Does Ryan’s public profile or net worth have anything to do with your interest in him?”
She replied: “It wasn’t the money side that was attractive. The fact that he was a footballer put me off.”
Mr Daw asked the witness if she “plans to claim a large sum of damages when this is over?”
Ms Greville replied: “Absolutely not.”
She said the couple first had sex in December 2014, during a work event at a London hotel, and she left her husband the following February.
On Tuesday, Ms Greville told a jury that Giggs grabbed her by the shoulders and headbutted her in November 2020 after previously confronting him about his serial cheating.
She said ahead of the alleged attack that she learned he had “full relationships” with eight women while they were together.
The discovery of messages “reaching back years” on the former Wales international’s iPad prompted her to decide to leave him, she said.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/ryan-giggss-ex-tells-jury-she-was-a-slave-to-his-every-need-and-every-demand-41904401.html Ryan Giggs’ ex Kate Greville tells jury she’s ‘a slave to all his needs and demands’