Ryan Giggs headbutted his girlfriend after cheating on her, a court heard yesterday when the former footballer was accused of having a “sinister side”.
The 48-year-old is on trial accused of headbutting his former partner Kate Greville when she was trying to end a “manipulative, controlling and toxic relationship” and assaulting her sister Emma.
As part of an alleged campaign of manipulation and “obsessive behaviour”, he threatened to send “personal” pictures to her friends and said he was “scaring” himself because he could “do anything now”, the Manchester Crown Court heard Minshull Street.
The jury was instructed by prosecutors Peter Wright QC to look beyond the glittering football career which saw Mr Giggs win 13 Premier League titles before becoming manager of the Wales national team.
“On the pitch, his skills were abundant and beautiful,” he said in court.
“Off the field, in the privacy of his home, there was a much uglier and more sinister side to his character.
“This was a private life that included a whole range of physical and psychological abuse of a woman he said he loved; a woman who has been treated in a way that cannot be excused or overlooked by the adoring public or the law.”
The case, he said, was a tale of “control and coercion against a woman who believed she was loved and respected.”
“Unfortunately, the reality was very different,” he added.
Mr Giggs has denied using control and coercive measures against Ms Greville between August 2017 and November 2020, as well as committing assault and assault. He has also pleaded not guilty to the November 2020 joint assault of Emma Greville.
Mr Wright opened the case to prosecutors, providing snapshots of evidence he claimed cast a “ray of light” on a part of Mr Giggs that “remains in the dark, not the public persona”.
He said the couple first met in 2013 and initially had an on-off relationship while he was still married. Mrs. Greville (36) ended her collaboration with the ex-footballer several times because of his alleged infidelities with other women.
By 2017, they were in a more stable relationship and had started living together, but over time Mr Giggs “became more and more obsessed, controlling and compulsive,” Mr Wright said. He is said to have once threatened to send pictures of a “personal nature” to friends and work colleagues if Ms Greville did not do as he said.
At another point, when Ms Greville had blocked Mr Giggs on social media, he sent her a message headlined “blackmail,” prosecutors said.
He also threw her things out of her home after she asked if he had been unfaithful, the court heard. A message from Mr Giggs to Ms Greville read: “I’m scared because I feel like I could do anything right now.
“The emotional abuse was designed to undermine any sense of self, any resistance, any independence of thought or action. It was abuse occasionally punctuated with acts of violence and volatility.
“It was deliberate behavior on his part, designed to make her doubt herself and her instincts, to wear down any resistance she might show to (him).”
Eventually, prosecutors said, Ms Greville “fell off the scales” and on November 1, 2020 she decided she wanted to end the relationship while the couple was out with friends at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester.
She returned home before Mr. Giggs and asked her sister to help her move out.
However, Mr Giggs returned before they could carry out their plan and an argument ensued when he tried to stop them from leaving, during which Mrs Greville took his phone and Mr Giggs took her phone.
It led to the couple arguing on the floor, Mr Wright claimed, and when Ms Greville’s sister tried to intervene, Mr Giggs is said to have elbowed her in the face.
Their argument spilled into the kitchen and at that moment Mr Giggs “completely lost his self-control” and hit Ms Greville with his head, causing her lips to swell and bruise, the prosecutor said.
Chris Daw QC, defending himself, told jurors that this report was a “wicked lie” and that there was only “minor and incidental contact” between Mr Giggs and Ms Greville, while the defendant did not intentionally elbow her sister .
The process goes on. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
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