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Ryan Giggs has today arrived in court for day four of his domestic assault trial, where he stands accused of 'headbutting' and using controlling behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend.

The former Manchester United star, 48, was again flanked by his entourage, and wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and tie, as he walked into Manchester Crown Court today.

His former girlfriend, Kate Greville, 36, who earlier this week told the court how Giggs had 'headbutted' her during a row at his £1.7million Manchester mansion in November 2020, will today return to the witness box where she will continue to be cross-examined by the footballer's legal team.

It comes after yesterday, under cross-examination, PR executive Ms Greville revealed she had sent the former Wales midfielder their sex videos weeks after she accused him of 'blackmailing' her.

Ryan Giggs trial - A summary: What the jury have heard so far
Jurors were today told how an email sent by Ryan Giggs to Kate Greville entitled 'Blackmail' that she believed was a sex tape actually showed her singing Wham's 'Last Christmas'. She told a court she had not opened the attachment. Ms Greville today told a court how she 'dropped her phone into a river' and had her second phone pinched by muggers after being asked to share it with officers probing her assault claims; The court also heard how Giggs's daughter discovered her father's affair with Ms Greville after finding a digital Valentines Card sent to the soccer ace. Liberty Giggs found the Valentines message on her father's phone in February 2018. Ms Greville, meanwhile, batted-off suggestions she was a 'gold digger' from the footballer's legal team after it was revealed she told a friend she was 'not going to walk away' from their 'violent' relationship 'with nothing'; In cross examination by the former footballer's lawyer, Chris Daw QC, she rejected that she was seeking compensation from the star, saying: 'Absolutely not'; Ms Greville admitted to having sex with the former Manchester United star two months before leaving her husband, who she alleged in court was 'controlling'; Ms Greville claimed initially her and Giggs' relationship had been 'amazing', but had then deteriorated before becoming 'relentlessly awful' while they lived together during the Covid pandemic; Giggs is accused of having 'full-on' relationships with eight other women during his his 'toxic' six-year on-off relationship with Kate Greville; Ms Greville told jurors she found evidence of his infidelity on an iPad and then confronted Giggs; Ms Greville said she decided to leave Giggs while he was away managing Wales - and would move into a new flat; She told the jury that when she attempted to leave the ex-Manchester United star over his 'controlling' behaviour, Giggs 'bombarded' her with up to 50 messages an hour and threatened to ruin her career; The court heard that in one instance when she stopped answering him, he flew out to where she was staying in Dubai and said to her 'let's start a family, you are the only person I want to be with';  She told jurors that during two rows Giggs threw her naked out of their hotel room - and on one occasion threw a laptop at her head; Ms Greville also claimed the former Wales winger 'randomly' sent a naked photo of himself to her, that she feared he could post 'something of a really private nature' on a work WhatsApp group and that he would call her by the name of his ex-wife, Stacey, as his 'ultimate insult'; She also claimed Giggs would treat her 'like his housemaid or his mum', telling her she was stacking the dishwasher the wrong way, making the beds incorrectly, or complaining 'if his tea was not ready on time'; Ms Greville says that during a row in at his £1.7 Manchester home in November 2020 Giggs 'come out of nowhere' and 'deliberately headbutted' her; Giggs is in on trial accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend between August 2017 and November 2020. He is also charged with assaulting Ms Greville and her sister Emma. He denies all charges.

 

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The court also heard how she had told a friend that bruises on her arm were caused by the couple having 'rough sex' and not from an assault. 

Jurors had previously been told about an incident in Dubai in 2017 in which Giggs is accused of throwing Ms Greville naked out of a hotel room.

The court also heard how the pair's relationship began as a 'fairytale', but she ended up being 'a slave' to his 'every need and every demand'.

Ms Greville described the Wales manager 'lovebombing' her when their affair started. She said she saw him as her 'knight in shining armour' who would rescue her from an unhappy marriage.

But as time went on, Ms Greville told Giggs's trial, he became 'two different people', and by their final months together he was 'pretty much relentlessly awful'.

Jurors had also been told how a friend of Ms Greville had noticed bruises on her arms following the alleged assault, which at the time she had dismissed as 'sex bruises'. She later told the police the marks were the result of an assault, which Giggs denies.

But Chris Daw QC, representing Giggs, asked about a message from Ms Greville sent three weeks after the alleged incident in the Middle East.

The message read: 'Good morning, babeeee. OMG this is amazing. Our sex is out of this world.'

It was followed by messages from Ms Greville asking to meet him later that day, adding 'it's a long story' but that one of her work colleagues had a problem with her ex-boyfriend who had hacked into her social media and police had been called.

Mr Daw asked why was she asking Giggs about the harassment of a woman, if he was 'such a terrible abuser of women', as she claimed.

Ms Greville replied: 'Because at that point, it had not got to the point it had, not got the to extremities of what we discussed yesterday. It was gradual, it was subtle at that point it was not as bad as it was in 2019.'

By October 2017, Ms Greville had agreed to come back from the Middle East to live in Manchester and work for the hospitality company owned by Giggs and his former team-mate Gary Neville.

She had a 'six-figure' salary from the firm and rented an apartment in central Manchester, returning to the UK in January 2018.

Mr Daw suggested previously the couple had a long-distance relationship but now the dynamic had changed.

Ms Greville has told the court she returned to the UK thinking she would be in a relationship with Giggs, but he instead became more distant.

Mr Daw said in January 2018, Giggs had to be interviewed for the job of football manager of the Wales national team and he therefore had a lot of work to do to prepare.

Ms Greville said: 'The work situation was not the reason for him not paying me much attention. There was obviously other things going on in his life as well.'

The court heard the couple had reconciled in May 2019, but by then Giggs had deleted their sex videos.

He then messaged Ms Greville: 'Do you still have our naughty videos?'

To which she replied she had 'most of them', before Giggs asked her to resend them to him, the court heard.

Mr Daw said to Ms Greville: 'This is just six weeks after you say he was threatening to blackmail you with sex tapes?' 

Ms Greville agreed and confirmed she had sent him 'a number of such videos'.

Asked why she had sent them, she told the court: 'Because we were back in a relationship.' 

And on whether she had concerns that similar issues may arise between the couple in the future, Ms Greville said: 'I thought he had changed and he was in a different place. This was the same cycle of things. He promised he would change.' 

Giggs is in on trial accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend between August 2017 and November 2020.

He is also charged with assaulting Ms Greville and her sister Emma. He denies all charges against him and is on trial at Manchester Crown Court.

On Day Three of the trial, in which Ms Greville faced cross-examination from Giggs' lawyers,  jurors heard:

Ms Greville's claim that she 'dropped her phone into a river' and had her second phone pinched by muggers after being asked to share it with officers probing her assault claims; How Giggs's daughter discovered her father's affair with married Ms Greville after finding a Valentines message from the PR executive; That Ms Greville now has a 12-week old baby, with a new partner, after she claimed in court how Giggs told her she 'didn't deserve to be a parent'; The ex-footballer's lawyer, Chris Daw QC, claimed bruises on Ms Greville's arm were caused by the pair engaging in 'rough sex' and not from an assault, as she had earlier claimed; Mr Daw also read out messages between Giggs and Ms Greville in which the former footballer said he had bought sex toys from Agent Provocateur after she had asked him to be 'more assertive' in the bedroom;  Ms Greville also batted-back claims she was a gold digger, after it was revealed she told a friend she was 'not going to walk away' from their 'violent' relationship 'with nothing'; The PR executive insisted she was initially attracted to Giggs 'not because of his money and not because he was a footballer' but because he was 'very inspiring'.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court in Manchester on day four of his domestic abuse trial

His former girlfriend, Kate Greville (pictured), 36, who earlier this week told the court how Giggs had 'headbutted her during a row at his Manchester mansion in November 2020, will today return to the witness box where she will be continue to be cross-examined by the footballer's legal team

His former girlfriend, Kate Greville (pictured), 36, who earlier this week told the court how Giggs had 'headbutted her during a row at his Manchester mansion in November 2020, will today return to the witness box where she will be continue to be cross-examined by the footballer's legal team

Giggs (left), 48, is accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville (right), 36, between August 2017 and November 2020. The pair are pictured here on holiday in 2018

Giggs (left), 48, is accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville (right), 36, between August 2017 and November 2020. The pair are pictured here on holiday in 2018

Ryan Giggs at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video played to the jury after he is alleged to have headbutted her

Ryan Giggs at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video played to the jury after he is alleged to have headbutted her

Yesterday, Mr Daw QC, asked why Ms Greville had not told her friend and business partner Elsa Roodt about the alleged assault in Dubai when asked.

Ms Greville, sat behind a curtain shielded from Giggs and the public gallery, said: 'I was embarrassed and I didn't want to admit it.'

Mr Daw said: 'It was a bruise caused by rough sex that the two of you enjoyed a lot.' 

Ms Greville replied: 'That bruise was not caused by rough sex.'

Video in 'Blackmail' email sent by Ryan Giggs to ex-girlfriend was not a sex tape, but was a video of her singing 'Last Christmas'

The 'Blackmail' e-mail message sent by Ryan Giggs to his ex-girlfriend did not contain a sex tape, but instead was a video of her singing Wham's 'Last Christmas', a court today heard.

 Jurors had previously heard how Ms Greville had received the message with a video clip, which she initially believed was a sex tape and that she feared the footballer would forward to her work WhatsApp group.

However the court heard the video attachment, which she did not open, was a clip of Ms Greville and another woman at a Christmas party dancing to Wham! hit 'Last Christmas'.

The video shows the women dressed in black with Santa hats on dancing to a Christmas song, followed by two men beat boxing. 

Referring to the fact that Ms Greville said she deleted the attachment without viewing it, the barrister said: 'You said it was 'One of our videos we had done', you meant a sexual video.'

Ms Greville said: 'That's what I thought it was but I didn't view it.'

The barrister said: 'You made a number of private videos and they were obviously not to be shared with other people and were not shared with other people. 

'You said he was going to send the video to the group. Was he blackmailing you by sending a sexual video to the WhatsApp group?

The barrister told her: 'You knew full well it wasn't a sexual video, because you looked at it.' Ms Greville said: 'I don't recall watching it.'

Ms Greville said she later handed her laptop over to police for them to look for it. The court also heard Ms Greville sent Giggs a number of sex videos six weeks after she had accused him of trying to blackmail her.

She sent him the explicit videos in May 2019 after they had reconciled. Giggs said he had deleted the films.

Giggs messaged her: 'Do you still have our naughty videos?' to which Ms Greville replied 'yes, most of them.'

Giggs asked her to send the films to which she did. Asked why she did so so soon after fearing he would leak the explicit films, she said: 'Because we were back in a relationship. I thought he'd changed, I thought we were in a different place.'

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The court also heard how a few days after the alleged Dubai incident Ms Greville messaged a photograph of herself to Giggs.

The message read: 'Tan is coming along nicely. My sex bruise is coming along nicely too!!'

Mr Daw added: 'The truth of it is you did from time to time get bruises from sex.' Ms Greville said: 'Not that I recall.'

Confirming that she had not reported the alleged assault to police in Dubai, she said: 'No, I didn't admit to the assault because I was embarrassed but I told Elsa we had argued. 

'I was later to work, visibly shaken and very upset which was evident that day. I tried to play down the bruising on my arm.'

Digging deeper into the pair's sex life, Mr Daw also told the court that Giggs had purchased and shared images of sex toys, including a paddle and handcuffs from lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

Mr Daw said his client had bought the sex toys after Ms Greville had asked him to be 'more assertive' in the bedroom.

In a series of messages, read out in court by Mr Daw, Ms Greville messaged: 'I want you, rough.'

Mr Giggs messaged: 'Do you? I'm scared of hurting you. Ms Greville replied: 'I want it to hurt, not in a weird way. I want you to surprise and shock me.'

Mr Giggs messaged: 'It's a fine line.' Ms Greville replied: 'Well we'll just have to have fun finding that line then.'

The court heard Giggs then sent a picture of a paddle from Agent Provocateur. Ms Greville messaged: 'What is that?' Mr Giggs replied: 'You asked me to be a bit more assertive.'

Ms Greville then sent: 'When are we using this?' prompting Mr Giggs to reply: 'After I use these badboys,' sharing a picture of handcuffs.

Ms Greville then replied: 'They're amazing… Oh my god this is brilliant.'

Questioning the witness, Mr Daw said: 'You're saying you didn't receive any kind of bruise from sex. Ms Greville said: 'I said not that I recall. We never used that paddle, not once.

Mr Daw said: 'The sex bruise was a joke, not a rouse. It was something you were taking pleasure in.' Ms Greville said: 'I was joking about it being a sex bruise, I was making light of telling Elsa it was a sex bruise which was wrong.'

It comes as jurors yesterday heard evidence from Ms Greville, who said Giggs had told her that she 'did not deserve to be a parent' during a blazing row between the pair.

She also told the court how the ex-Manchester united star 'deliberately headbutted' her during a row at his £1.7million mansion in Worsley in November 2020.

Ms Greville yesterday broke down in tears as she said of the former Wales manager: 'He came at me from nowhere and headbutted me in my face. 

'I fell backwards, my lip instantly swelled. I put my hands over my mouth and I could taste the blood.'

It comes as the court today heard more about the 'Blackmail' e-mail message sent by Giggs to Ms Greville. 

Jurors had previously heard how Ms Greville had received the message with a video clip, which she initially believed was a sex tape and that she feared the footballer would forward to her work WhatsApp group.

However the court heard the video attachment, which she did not open, was a clip of Ms Greville and another woman at a Christmas party dancing to Wham! hit 'Last Christmas'.

The video shows the women dressed in black with Santa hats on dancing to a Christmas song, followed by two men beat boxing. 

Referring to the fact that Ms Greville said she deleted the attachment without viewing it, the barrister said: 'You said it was 'One of our videos we had done', you meant a sexual video.'

Ms Greville said: 'That's what I thought it was but I didn't view it.'

The barrister said: 'You made a number of private videos and they were obviously not to be shared with other people and were not shared with other people. 

Jurors in the former-Manchester United star's domestic assault trial had previously been told about an incident in Dubai in 2017 in which Giggs is accused of throwing Ms Greville naked out of a hotel room

Jurors in the former-Manchester United star's domestic assault trial had previously been told about an incident in Dubai in 2017 in which Giggs is accused of throwing Ms Greville naked out of a hotel room

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arriving at Manchester Crown Court today, where he is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020

Mr Daw also told the court that Giggs had purchased and shared images of sex toys, including a paddle and handcuffs from lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, after Ms Greville had asked him to be 'more assertive' in the bedroom. In a series of messages, read out in court, Ms Greville messaged: 'I want you, rough'

'You said he was going to send the video to the group. Was he blackmailing you by sending a sexual video to the WhatsApp group?

The barrister told her: 'You knew full well it wasn't a sexual video, because you looked at it.' Ms Greville said: 'I don't recall watching it.'

Ms Greville said she later handed her laptop over to police for them to look for it.

It comes as Ms Greville today batted off suggestions from the footballer's legal team that was a 'gold digger', after it was revealed she told a friend she was 'not going to walk away' from their 'violent' relationship 'with nothing'.

Ryan Giggs's ex-girlfriend 'lost her phone in a river as she rescued her dog' before another was stolen in the street 

Ryan Giggs's ex-girlfriend today told a court how she 'dropped her phone into a river' and had her second phone pinched by muggers after being asked to share it with the police probing her assault claims.

Under-cross examination from Giggs's lawyers in the footballer's domestic assault trial, Kate Greville, 36, today claimed she was attempting to rescue her dog from the water when she lost hold of her iPhone.

She also claimed that a second phone was stolen from her hands by a 'man on a bike' as she walked along a street in Manchester - an incident she said left her 'very distraught'.

With both phones gone, a court heard that police asked if they could instead access her iCloud account and she initially agreed. However she later withdrew her consent, because she was 'scared' that the contents of the iCloud could 'damage' her career.

Jurors were told Ms Greville later allowed police access to a 'limited amount of information' from her phone. But asked by Giggs' lawyer, Chris Daw QC, if she had deleted anything 'relevant' in that period, she confirmed she had deleted 'some' messages to an ex-colleague.

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She today told jurors in the domestic assault trial that she was initially attracted to Giggs 'not because of his money and not because he was a footballer' but because he was 'very inspiring'.

In cross examination by the former Manchester United star's lawyer, Mr Daw QC, Ms Greville was asked: 'Did you tell your friend you weren't going to walk away from Mr Giggs with nothing?'

Ms Greville confirmed: 'Yes.' However the PR executive said she was not after compensation from the former Wales midfielder. Asked if she was seeking damages from the 48-year-old, she said: 'Absolutely not.' 

Ms Greville, 36, also told the court how she and Giggs were both still married when the affair started, but, 'if anything was put off by the fact that he was a footballer.'

The barrister asked her: 'Did Ryan's public profile and wealth have anything to do with your interest in him?

Ms Greville said: 'He was very inspiring, I looked up to him in terms of a business sense, who had worked hard…' 

'He was more attractive because he was successful and had done well for himself, not because of his money and not because he was a footballer, if anything that put me off, him being a footballer.'

She admitted to having sex with the former Manchester United star two months before leaving her husband, who she alleged in court was 'controlling'.

Ms Greville claimed initially her and Giggs' relationship had been 'amazing', but had then deteriorated before becoming 'relentlessly awful' while they lived together during the Covid pandemic.

She said Giggs preyed on her 'vulnerability' and damaged relations with her friends and family and that she became 'a slave to his every need and every demand'.

Ms Greville told the court Giggs would sometimes show her affection but was 'aggressive' a lot of the time and would sometimes use violence against her.

'He damaged relationships with my friends and isolated me from certain people. He had a negative impact on relations with my family. ' 

Asked about her claims of violence against her, Ms Greville, who today told the court she is now the mother of 12-week baby with her new partner, said: 'It wasn't consistent violence, he wasn't regularly violent but there were times in our relationship when he was violent.'

She was also asked if she had looked up the term coercive control during the pair's relationship and said: 'I'm really into psychology when Ryan was making me feel like I was going crazy, paranoid, I googled how I was feeling. The thing that came up was 'narcissistic personality disorder' and what I was experiencing was exactly the same as that. '

Today Ms Greville, who yesterday gave her evidence to jury members, faced prosecution by Giggs' lawyer, Chris Daw QC. 

He began by asking Ms Greville about the pair's relationship. She responded: 'He damaged relationships with my friends and isolated me from certain people. He had a negative impact on relations with my family. '

Asked about the violent incidents, she said: 'It wasn't consistent violence, he wasn't regularly violent but there were times in our relationship when he was violent.'

How Ryan Giggs and ex-girlfriend shared messages about Agent Provocateur sex toys after she asked him to be 'more assertive'

Ryan Giggs and his ex-girlfriend shared messages about Agent Provocateur sex toys after she asked him to be 'more assertive' in the bedroom, a court today heard.

Giggs's lawer, Chris Daw QC, poured over the messages with Kate Greville during his domestic assault trial at Manchester Crown Court today.

The messages were part of a line of questioning, in which Mr Daw suggested Ms Greville and Giggs had engaged in 'rough sex'.

He suggested that bruises she claimed were from an assault during an incident in Dubai in 2017 was actually as a result from 'rough sex'.

Mr Daw, reading out the messages, told the court that Ms Greville is said to have messaged Giggs saying: 'I want you, rough.'

Mr Giggs messaged: 'Do you? I'm scared of hurting you.

Ms Greville replied: 'I want it to hurt, not in a weird way. I want you to surprise and shock me.' Mr Giggs messaged: 'It's a fine line.'

'Well we'll just

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