Ryan Giggs trial: ‘Distressed’ footballer went to neighbor in slippers for help on night he ‘headbutted’ ex, court heard

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Picture date: Thursday August 11, 2022.

A “distraught” Ryan Giggs had “tears in his eyes” when he knocked on his neighbour’s door in his slippers on the night he allegedly headbutted his ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.

Linda Cheung said the former Manchester United star asked her to call the police when he turned up at her property on November 1, 2020 and when she revealed that Kate Greville had accused her of cheating, she he said, “Oh Ryan, not that again.”

Giggs is on trial accused of using coercive and controlling behavior against Ms Greville, as well as assaulting her and her sister Emma.

He denies the charges against him.

Giving evidence on the sixth day of the trial, Ms Cheung, who described Giggs as a “friend” and neighbor, said she heard a “loud knock” on her door on the night of the alleged assaults.

She told the jury that Giggs called for help and “said words to the effect that Kate had been accusing him of seeing other women and she wanted him to come over and sort her out”.

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Ryan Giggs and ex-girlfriend Kate Greville

Ms Cheung said her initial comment was “‘Oh Ryan, not that again'”, in response to the cheating claims.

He then told the footballer: “I can’t help because I don’t know what’s happened,” the court heard.

Ms Cheung said Giggs asked her: “Can you call the police? She has my phone. She won’t leave.”

The neighbor told the court she refused to call the police and instead offered to let Giggs use her phone, but he looked at her and “didn’t say anything”.

Ms Cheung added that Giggs “seemed distressed”, so she offered to let him into her property or suggested he lock himself in one of her rooms.

“I could feel my heart rate racing,” she said.

“What can I do to help him without fueling the situation?”

Giggs then left Ms Cheung’s property for her home, the court heard.

In a statement to police, which was read out in court, Ms Cheung said Giggs had “tears in his eyes” during their conversation.

She told the court: “I was on my doorstep practically crying.

“He never went out with his sneakers on.

“I was thinking it must be urgent. He left the house in the rain in his slippers.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercive behavior towards ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Picture date: Tuesday 9 August 2022.

Ms Cheung said Ms Greville, her sister Emma and a male returned home after 1am and were “yelling, screaming, laughing, running up and down my car” with the dog.

Asked by Chris Daw QC, representing Giggs, about the mood, Ms Cheung replied: “The mood was in a bad mood.”

Earlier, Emma Greville alleged that Giggs threatened to headbutt her after he elbowed her in the jaw and attacked her older sister Kate.

Giving evidence from behind a screen in court, Ms Greville said she heard “screaming, arguing and fighting” from another room in Giggs’ property when she discovered the footballer lying on top of her sister trying to get her phone.

“I could tell from his facial expressions that he was in pain,” Ms Greville said.

“Kate said, ‘Pull him off,’ so I put my arms around his waist and as Kate used her legs to push him down, I was pulling.

“As I was pulling him up, he was standing in the doorway. He turned to his right and his elbow touched my jaw, and as a result, I let go. Not in a gentle way, it was a way to “get off me”.

Ryan Giggs

Ms Greville said she then saw Kate in the kitchen as her sister tried to retrieve her phone from Giggs’ back pocket.

She told the court: “I said to Ryan ‘just give him the phone back and then we’ll go.’

“I also said, ‘I saw you on top of her, get her phone because I know you have her phone.’

“He called me a ‘***** liar’. Kate said to Ryan, ‘Look, I’ve got proof.’

“He has gone from angry to extremely angry.

“He put both hands on Kate’s shoulders and very forcefully used his head to headbutt her on the lip.

“He fell to the floor screaming and covering his face.

“He then told me it was my fault I’d headbutted Kate and turned to me and said, ‘I’m going to headbutt you next.’

“I felt scared because I had headbutted Kate, so why wouldn’t he do the same to me?”

Meanwhile, Kate Greville’s boss told the court her company had to block Giggs’ “intense” emails.

Testifying via video link from Dubai, Elsa Roodt said her PR business “had no choice” but to take action because Ms Greville “couldn’t do her job”.

Ms Roodt told the court she asked Ms Greville about the bruises on her arm in Dubai in 2017 and she said it was from “rough sex”.

The witness also described seeing Ms Greville with bruises on her arm following an incident in February 2020.

Ms Roodt said: “She said Ryan had gotten physical with her the night before in the hotel room.”

The court heard that Mrs. Greville is currently a managing partner of the UK branch of Ms Roodt’s business.

The trial at Manchester Crown Court was adjourned until Tuesday.


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