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Kim Pilling

Ryan Giggs had affairs with eight women, ex-girlfriend tells assault trial

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Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs had “full-on relationships” with eight other women while he was with the ex-girlfriend he is accused of assaulting, a court has heard.

PR executive Kate Greville, 36, claimed she discovered the footballer’s affairs on his tablet computer shortly before she decided to leave him.

Giggs, 48, is alleged to have headbutted her at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

On Tuesday, a jury at Manchester Crown Court was shown a police interview with Ms Greville.

The reality of what I had found on that iPad was way worse than I could imagine
— Kate Greville

She said Giggs constantly denied he was cheating on her but she “needed to know the truth” so she checked his device.

She said: “The reality of what I had found on that iPad was way worse than I could imagine.

“Eight women he was having affairs with while he was with me. Full-on relationships.”

She told police she met Giggs in 2013 and they started an affair when they were both married, and she left her husband two months later.

Court sketch of Ryan Giggs watching Kate Greville giving evidence on police video (Elizabeth Cook/PA) (PA Wire)

“It was like he was my best friend but there were definite red flags,” she said of Giggs.

She told police: “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 described an incident during their relationship when the former Wales winger “flipped” in a hotel room and grabbed her by the wrists “hard”.

Ryan Giggs arriving at Manchester Crown Court (Peter Powell/PA) (PA Wire)

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.

She added: “That was the first time he was aggressive to me.”

Ms Greville said that after more stormy periods in their relationship Giggs told her he had a “plan” and they were going to get a dog and she moved into his house.

She added: “It was just on another level. There was lots of put-downs, taking the piss out of me all the time. Really secretive with his phone.”

Ms Greville said Giggs would tell her to leave, then beg her to come back, then criticise her if his evening meal was not ready.

“He was kind of gaslighting me,” she said.

“A very subtle kind of thing. I was like his housemaid or his mum, if his tea was not ready on time.”

Giving evidence from behind a curtain on Tuesday afternoon, Ms Greville was asked about photos showing bruising to her arm and knee following an incident in Dubai in February 2020.

Asked by Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, who was responsible for the injuries she replied: “Ryan Giggs.”

She said the player joined her in Dubai as part of a “reconciliation” after a period when they had split up.

She told the court: “We were walking back up to the hotel room and I was absolutely fine, I thought there were absolutely no issues.

“And then suddenly he said, ‘you are a liability when you are drunk’.”

Breaking into tears in the witness box, she added: “I constantly felt attacked by him so I felt he is having a go at me again.”

She said he called her by his ex-wife’s name – Stacey – which he used to do as the “ultimate insult” and stood in her way to stop her as she tried to leave their hotel room.

“He grabbed my bag and pulled my bag on my arm really hard to stop me from going – and I fell forward on my knee,” she said.

Giggs is alleged to have “lost control” and headbutted Ms Greville after she decided to leave him, before elbowing her sister Emma in the jaw as she attempted to pull him off Ms Greville as they grappled on the floor.

He stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team after a period of leave since November 2020.

He denies using controlling and coercive behaviour against Ms Greville between August 2017 and November 2020, assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm, and the common assault of her younger sister.

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