Ryan Giggs admits his reputation as a love cheater is ‘justified’

Ryan Giggs admits his reputation as a love cheater is ‘justified’

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercing ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Photo date: Tuesday 16th August 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Mrs Greville at her home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020 and common assault on her younger sister Emma in the same incident.  See PA story COURTS Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Steven Allen/PA Wire

Ryan Giggs has been giving evidence at Manchester Crown Court (Image: PA)

Ryan Giggs has admitted his reputation for infidelity is ‘justified’ and told the jury he can’t resist advances from an attractive woman.

The former Manchester Unites star, 48, is on trial accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 38, and her sister during an incident at their home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.

He is also accused of using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms. Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.

Last week, Ms. Greville told a jury that Giggs grabbed her shoulders and head-butted her after she confronted him about his serial infidelity.

In the run-up to the alleged attack, she said she learned that he had “whole relationships” with eight women while they were together.

The PR exec also claims that she became “a slave to all his needs and demands.”

On Tuesday, Giggs, who denies all wrongdoing, took the witness stand to testify as the defense case unfolded.

His lawyer Chris Daw QC opened his cross-examination by asking: ‘To begin with, you are well known around the world for two things.

‘One, as a footballer?’

“Yes,” Giggs replied.

Mr. Daw continued, “But you’re also known for something else, do you have a reputation for infidelity?”

Giggs said, ‘Yes.’ Mr. Daw continued: ‘Is that reputation justified?’ Giggs repeated: ‘Yes.’

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercing ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Photo date: Tuesday 16th August 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Mrs Greville at her home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020 and common assault on her younger sister Emma in the same incident.  See PA story COURTS Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Steven Allen/PA Wire

The former Manchester United footballer arrives at Manchester Crown Court (Image: PA)

Lynne Giigs, mother of former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs, arrives at Manchester Crown Court where her son is accused of controlling and coercing ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Date of the photo: Tuesday August 16, 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Mrs Greville at her home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020 and common assault on her younger sister Emma in the same incident.  See PA story COURTS Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Steven Allen/PA Wire

His mother, Lynne Giggs, was also pictured arriving (Image: PA)

The lawyer then asked: ‘In the course of your dealings with women, including Mrs Greville, have you managed to be faithful to any of them?’

“No,” Giggs said.

Mr. Daw asked, ‘If an attractive woman has shown interest in you regardless of your marital status, are you able to resist?’

Giggs replied again: ‘No.’

Mr. Daw said, ‘Are you a natural flirt?’

“Yes,” Giggs said. He confirmed that he lied to his ex-wife Stacey and Mrs. Greville about his infidelities.

Mr. Daw asked, ‘Have you ever physically assaulted a woman?’ Giggs said, ‘No,’ before QA continued: ‘November 1, 2020, or any other time?’

Giggs repeated: ‘No.’

Her lawyer asked: ‘Have you ever set out to control or coerce a woman in any way or in the manner alleged by Mrs Greville?’ Giggs said, ‘No.’

Mr. Daw continued: ‘Did you make Kate Greville a slave to all her needs and all her demands as she described it?’ Giggs said, ‘I didn’t.’

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Court artist’s sketch of Giggs watching Mrs Greville give evidence in a police video (Image: PA)

Giggs told the jury about his early football career, training with Manchester City before being spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 13 and finally playing for the first team at Manchester United while still a teenager.

He said his life ‘changed’ from the age of 17 when he started ‘getting noticed on the street and writing articles about me, whether it’s about football or about my personal life’.

On how being a footballer affected his relationship with women, Giggs said: “Yeah, I probably got a little bit more attention than maybe my friends because I was so well known, especially in Manchester.”

Asked if this was something he ’embraced’, he replied: ‘Yeah, I mean my main concern was that I was focused on my football but I was still with my friends from school so we still hung out. Saturday night in Manchester and keep socializing.

Previously, jurors heard that Giggs was interviewed the day after his arrest.

The court was told that he submitted a handwritten statement that began with the words: “At this time I am very emotional about the incident.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercing ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Photo date: Tuesday 16th August 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Mrs Greville at her home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020 and common assault on her younger sister Emma in the same incident.  See PA story COURTS Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Steven Allen/PA Wire

Giggs with members of his legal team (Picture: PA)

He continued: ‘I accept that during the fight she hit me in the face, causing bleeding on my lip and the inside of my mouth.

“He may have trapped her and her sister during the fight, but at no time was there any attempt to harm either of them.”

He said he asked both sisters to leave his house, but they refused.

In the statement, Giggs added: “To try to defuse any further physical confrontation, I asked my next door neighbor to call the police. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t.

“I had no choice but to demand my phone to call the police. I went to her laundry room to get hers (Kate Greville’s).

“At that point, she gave me my phone and I rather foolishly decided to keep hers…I shouldn’t have done this, but I was excited, angry and upset.”

The footballer planned to call the police, but Mrs Greville then grabbed his hand and a fight developed with her sister Emma “standing very close”.

Giggs stated: “I accept that during this fight my head collided with hers (Kate).

“I’m not sure if it was the face or the head, but I’m sure it wasn’t deliberate.”

Giggs said that both times he was attacked in the fight, adding, “But I would agree that both sisters were injured.”

I’m sorry this argument got so out of control.

‘Kate and I had had a great week together and I was looking forward to our night at the Stock Exchange and the use of the hotel.

“We have been together for over four years and like many couples we have our ups and downs, mostly ups and downs. I sincerely hope that this is not the end of our relationship.

“The last thing I would want to do is hurt her physically and emotionally.”

He said he could see that she was ‘hurt and crying’ that night and then walked out when police arrived at her home.

Giggs said, “I was pleased because this discussion had gone on for over an hour, and as I thought at first, this was the only way it was going to end.”

The former Wales international was interviewed again by police a month later, in relation to an allegation of coercive and controlling behavior after officers obtained further details from Ms Greville.

In a prepared defense statement given to police and read in court by prosecutor Peter Wright QC, Giggs said: “I will not accept that my behavior towards my former partner has been in any controlling or coercive way, or that I have done anything it’s”. incidents as described.

In response to an allegation that he had threatened to publish intimate photos of Ms. Greville and/or himself, Giggs’ statement said that he “did not recall” making the threat and would “never” have published such material.

“I would be terrified of the publicity that would be generated,” he said.

“Kate knows how I feel about negative press and publicity.”

The statement said that even if a threat had been made ‘in jest or while intoxicated’, it would be ‘absurd’ for Ms Greville to believe it would be carried out.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court in Manchester, Britain, August 16, 2022 REUTERS/Peter Powell

His solicitor Chris Daw QC asks Giggs questions (Image: Reuters)

Giggs said he was “proud” of his partner’s success and that she maintained her independence throughout their relationship.

But in his statement, he also claimed that Mrs Greville had tried to “control our relationship”, including an incident where she was jealous of his “contact with other women”.

“He ordered me to send a message to certain women he wrongly accused me of having an affair with,” she said.

She dictated the content of the messages and watched me send them.

He described the relationship as mostly “wonderful”, adding: “Of course we would argue, but neither of us had more control over the other.”

He later said that the relationship being described was ‘not what I understood it to be’.

He said: “It has been suggested that these incidents occurred when I was at my worst from drinking, when in fact Kate gets jealous when drunk and admits it caused a reaction in me.”

‘I would never react with violence. Despite accusations of violence, I often walk away from incidents.’

Rather than the arguments stemming from him being ‘defensive’ over the cheating accusations, he said they started for ‘all sorts of reasons, including me suggesting she was flirting with other men’.

“I feel extremely distraught, hurt and emotional about the way this relationship is being portrayed to me,” he said.

‘I had no idea Kate was planning to end the relationship; I have only learned this since the incident.

The trial continues.

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