16 Aug 2022 | 20:51 | Football
Former footballer Ryan Giggs on Tuesday admitted to being unfaithful in all past romantic relationships but denied ever being violent with his partner when presented with evidence of allegations of assault and rape. ex-girlfriend.
Taking a stand for the first time in his week-old trial, the Manchester United legend has denied physically assaulting his former partner, PR agent Kate Greville, nearly two years ago or controlling her in the relationship. Their fraught relationship lasted many years.
But under questioning by his personal lawyer, the 48-year-old admitted to a lifetime of infidelity, agreeing that he was “a natural flirt” and could not “resist” his pursuit of attractive women. whether married or in love.
Giggs is on trial at Manchester Crown Court for claiming he forced Greville, 36, to be subjected to “both physical and psychological abuse”, including head-butting her in the face as she tried to score end their relationship.
The former Wales national team coach, whose career has been marred by the charges, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
As prosecutors closed the case on Tuesday morning, jurors heard details from a handwritten statement he gave to police after he was arrested on suspicion. assaulted Greville and her sister, Emma, in November 2020.
In it, he describes an argument between the trio over a cell phone in which Giggs said he “could have caught her and her sister”.
“But there was no attempt to harm either of them,” the statement added.
‘Roller coaster type relationship’
Giggs said the couple’s more than four-year relationship – which began when he was married to the mother of two – had its “ups and downs”.
“Despite the allegations of violence, I generally stay away from incidents,” the former footballer emphasized in the police statement, adding: “I would never react with violence.”
He also told officers in another statement later, also read in court: “I will not accept that my conduct towards my former partner was controlled or coerced in any way. which way”.
During a few hours of afternoon testimony from a witness box documenting the evolution of their “roller coaster-like relationship,” Giggs denied threatening to release some pictures or videos of Greville in order to blackmail her back. emotional side.
He told the court he had “never” shared any private photos or videos, insisting he would never share such materials.
The trial continues on Wednesday.
A dazzling teenage talent, Giggs ended his career at Old Trafford as the most decorated player in English football history.
As a player, he made a club record of 963 appearances in 23 years for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
He then began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking charge at the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked, before working as assistant to Louis van Gaal for two years.
Giggs was appointed Wales manager in January 2018 and helped them secure a spot at Euro 2020, their second major tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup.