Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend told police ‘he was like a best friend, a soul mate’ but there were ‘definite red flags’ in their relationship, a court has heard.
The former Manchester United winger and Wales manager is accused of head-butting Kate Greville, 36, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
He is also accused of assaulting the PR executive’s sister during the same incident, as well as using controlling and coercive behaviour towards her between August 2017 and November 2020.
Manchester Crown Court has heard Giggs was idolised for his skills on the pitch but behind his public persona had an ‘uglier and more sinister side’.
Prosecutors claim the 48-year-old’s private life involved a ‘litany of abuse, both physical and psychological, of a woman he professed to love’.
On Tuesday, jurors were shown the video of Ms Greville’s police interview, in which she told detectives it was ‘almost like he was two people’ during their relationship.
Both were married when their affair started, she said, and she was unhappy in a controlling relationship with her husband.
She said: ‘He would tell me about his marriage, and he was not happy, I would talk about mine. Things developed from there and we started to have an affair. I left my husband two months later.
‘He was like a best friend, a soul mate, he was the one to save me from that marriage. It was more than a sexual thing.
‘It was like he was my best friend but there were definite red flags.’
Ms Greville said she met Giggs at the beginning of 2013 when her employers worked on a project launch with the footballer’s GG Hospitality firm.
She went on to notice he showed a ‘definite interest’ in her and showed her attention which was ‘subtle things to begin with’.
The complainant said: ‘We did one interview with the media, and he was literally staring at me across a table. It was not a comfortable stare.
‘I was unnerved by it a little bit, but it was also quite flattering at the time.’
During their affair, she said Giggs kept promising he would leave his wife after she had ended her own marriage, but it did not happen.
At one point she stopped speaking to him and ignored his messages and calls, she said.
Ms Greville told police that Giggs turned up at her apartment, but she ignored him again and he shouted: ‘You are a whore. Have you got somebody in there?’
He went on to threaten her that he would tell her boss about their secret affair, she said.
Ms Greville added: ‘It was just complete mind games. That went on for ages.’
The affair became public in May 2016, the court heard, which she said was ‘horrendous’ as she was ‘hounded by the paps’.
It continued to be an on-off relationship despite her blocking him at times on her phone and emails, the court heard, as she said: ‘It was literally like I was addicted to him. I couldn’t get him out of my head.’
Giggs flew out to Dubai and said to her ‘let’s start a family, you are the only person I want to be with’, she said.
Ms Greville went on: ‘Then he went back home, and I found out he was dating another girl. I was absolutely devastated.’
He denied it and said the woman had a boyfriend as she ‘gave him another chance’ as he urged her to move back to Manchester with him and have a baby.
She said: ‘It was like he was almost two people. It was like “is he a good person? is he a bad person?”
‘I started to get horrendous anxiety.’
She told how she confronted him after he was ‘clearly’ messaging a girl on his phone while they were in a nightclub.
Ms Greville said he ‘flipped’ as he squared up to her face and said, “that’s my daughter, it’s over, we are done”.’
She said Giggs ‘flipped’ again in a hotel room when he grabbed her by the wrists ‘hard’.
She said he ‘literally dragged’ her naked body across the floor before he threw her belongings into the corridor.
Ms Greville said she was ‘left humiliated and embarrassed’ as she found herself with no clothes on in the middle of the corridor.
When she got back into bed, he did not speak to her, she said.
Ms Greville added: ‘That was the first time he was aggressive to me.’
Giggs, who denies the offences, is alleged to have ‘lost control’ and headbutted Ms Greville after she decided to leave him.
He is then said to have deliberately elbowed Emma Greville in the jaw as she attempted to pull the former Wales boss off her sister as they grappled on the floor.
Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following a period of leave since November 2020.
During his time at Old Trafford, Manchester United won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He won 64 caps for Wales and is co-owner of League Two side Salford City.
The trial continues.
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