Giggs’ ex ’embarrassed’ by her stay with player ‘who promised the world’, jury says

Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend told the jury she was “deeply embarrassed” that she kept going back to the former Manchester United player, who had “repeatedly made promises to the world”.

Kate Greville was asked at the Giggs trial why she had moved into the former Wales international’s home during the first Covid-19 lockdown if “he was a violent and mass abuser”.

“It was a cycle of abuse that made me feel insecure,” she said.

“I keep coming back, he keeps making promises to the world.”

Giggs for Manchester United against Everton in his game days (PA) (PA Archive)

Her voice broke as she told the jury: “He made me believe he wouldn’t do it again and stupidly, I’m back. I was so embarrassed about it but I did. “

Giggs, 48, denies using restraint and coercion against Ms Greville between August 2017 and November 2020, assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm and her sister’s usual behavior.

Judges at Manchester Crown Court heard that PR chief executive Ms Greville, 36, described living with the defendant during the first Covid-19 lockdown from March 2020 as “complete all hell”.

The couple moved in together for the first time after Giggs suggested she live with him at his property in Worsley, Greater Manchester, she said.

On Thursday, Chris Daw QC, the security guard, continued to cross-examine Ms Greville, asking her: “Could you have gone to see your parents or someone else?”

Mrs. Greville replied, “Yes.”

Giggs at Manchester Crown Court watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville give police video evidence (Elizabeth Cook/PA) (PA wire)

Mr Daw said: “Isn’t that one of the reasons you don’t really want to spend time with Ryan in his rather larger house?”

The witness said: “I wanted to stay with Ryan, not because of his house but because we just started our relationship again.”

Mr Daw said: “May I suggest that you wouldn’t do it if he was a violent and serial abuser?”

The lawyer gave the jury of seven women and two men two videos of the couple in lockdown – one of them exercising together in the garden and the other rapping in 50 Cent’s In Da Club.

Mr Daw told Ms Greville that locking the door was obviously hard but the couple were doing their normal things “most of the time” and having fun.

“It’s not all fun,” Ms Greville said. It doesn’t mean he’s always been nice to me.

Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday (PA) (PA wire)

“At the beginning of the lockdown, it was fine but it just got worse and worse.”

During the lockdown, the couple also took part in online family quizzes, tasted wines on Zoom and asked Michelin-starred chefs to bring in food, the court said.

But Ms. Greville said there have been controversies, including one involving dishwashers.

She told the court: “He’s making me feel stupid, the same way I downloaded it.

“I had to do it exactly the way he wanted to do it. That is just one example out of many.”

Mr Daw said: “You hint in your various accounts that the lockdown is a period of hell on earth.”

Ms. Greville replied: “I feel like I’ve lost my mind. I am panicking. It was a terrifying time for me.”

Earlier this week, Ms Greville told the jury Giggs grabbed her shoulder and headbutted her in November 2020 after she confronted him about his mass fraud.

Before the alleged assault, she said she knew he was in a “full relationship” with eight women when they were together.

She said discovering “years-back” messages on Giggs’ iPad made her decide to leave him.

Ms Greville told the jury she had become “a slave to his every need and every demand”.

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