Ryan Giggs bombarded his ex-girlfriend with sexually offensive messages and threatened to publicly share X-rated videos of the pair if she didn’t reply, a Manchester Crown Court heard today. The former Manchester United star is accused of hounding and blackmailing Kate Greville, 38, over a three-year period of abuse.
Kate said in a police statement, which was read out at Manchester Crown Court, “He wouldn’t leave me alone. One minute he would be like, ‘you’re abusive, this is never going to work’, and then he’d be sending me naughty pictures. If I didn’t reply to him, I’d get a lot of abusive messages.”
This is not the first time Giggs is finding himself on the wrong end of the stick. In the past, Giggs has been accused by his brother Rodri of having an affair with his (Rodri’s) wife. It does not end there. The former Manchester United midfielder has also been accused to having sexual affairs with his mother-in-law.
As allegations about Ryan Giggs and his mother-in-law’s affair swirled, Rhodri Giggs opened up on the infamous affair between football legend Ryan Giggs and his wife Natasha, which has divided their family for the past eight years
Rhodri also told how his brother’s affair with his wife has had on his family and conceded that he did not speak to his brother for over eight years upon finding out about the affair that went on between Ryan and wife Natasha.
Kate told the Manchester Crown Court, “He sent me an email once with blackmail and it was a video of what we’d done. He’d say, ‘I’m going to send these messages to people if you don’t reply’. He’d send me really sexual messages, I got bombarded.”
Kate also relived the “humiliating” moment Giggs allegedly kicked her out of her hotel room naked and shoved her to the floor in a row over him flirting with other women. The court heard how the former Wales boss “flipped” during a night out before the terrifying attack at the five-star London Stafford – one of a string of assaults alleged to have taken place over almost three years.
Kate said the pair were in a club when she asked him who he was messaging. He claimed it was his daughter and they both went back to their hotel before he allegedly grabbed Kate by her arm.
Giggs is accused of then “pushing” his ex to the floor, grabbing her belongings and throwing them into the hall. He subsequently slammed the door in her face and refused to let her back in, a jury heard.
Kate said, “I was naked and all my stuff was in the middle of the corridor. It was humiliating. I had to get back in with like a towel round me.”
Giggs has been charged with causing Kate actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour between August 31, 2017 and November 2, 2020 – claims he has denied. He has also denied attacking her sister at his £1.7 million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday heard Giggs threatened to send emails to Kate’s friends and employers about her sexual behaviour, as well as making unwanted calls when she tried to break off the relationship.
He also allegedly turned up unannounced and uninvited at her home, workplace and gym, and chucked her belongings out of his house when she asked him about his relationships with other women.
Opening the case for the prosecution, Peter Wright QC yesterday said Giggs was “idolised by his adoring fans” and described his skills on the pitch as “abundant and a thing of beauty”.
But he told the jury that behind closed doors was a “much uglier and more sinister side to his character”.
“This was a private life that involved a litany of abuse, both physical and psychological, of a woman he professed to love,” he said. “A woman who, in reality, was, if the evidence is to be believed, treated in a way that cannot be excused or overlooked, by either an adoring public, or the law.
“This is a story of control and coercion of a woman who thought she was loved and respected, sadly the reality was very different.”
Giggs, who is on conditional bail and must not contact Kate or Emma, won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Man Utd, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He stepped down as Wales manager last month after going on leave when he was charged in November 2020.
The footballer said he did not want the country’s preparations for this year’s World Cup in Qatar to be “affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case”.
- A Tell report