Ryan Giggs ‘kicked ex in back and threw her naked out of hotel room’, court heard

Ryan Giggs has appeared in court to deny charges of assault and controlling behaviour against former partner

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is charged with assaulting two women and controlling behaviour (PA)
Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is charged with assaulting two women and controlling behaviour (PA)

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs allegedly kicked his ex-girlfriend in the back and threw her naked out of their hotel bedroom, a court has heard.

The claim forms part of what is said to be a pattern of controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020.

On 23 July, Giggs appeared at Manchester Crown Court where he entered a not guilty plea to the above offence.

He denied a second count that he assaulted Ms Greville and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 last year.

Giggs also pleaded not guilty to the common assault by beating of Ms Greville’s youngster sister, Emma Greville, in the same alleged incident on November 1.

According to the charge, Giggs is also accused of messaging her when she was on nights out with others.

The retired football is accused of threatening to send e-mails to Ms Greville’s employers about their sexual relationship and turning up uninvited to her home and gym when she broke up with him.

It is said that he threw her belongings out of his house when Ms Greville questioned Giggs about relationships with other women.

Giggs also faces claims he kicked her in the back at the Stafford Hotel in London and then threw her out of the hotel bedroom naked, followed by throwing her bag at her when she accused him of flirting with other women.

Giggs is said to have deliberately head-butted his ex-girlfriend during the alleged incident in Worsley.

Shortly after he was charged with the offences, he issued a statement in which he denied all the allegations and said he would “look forward to clearing my name”.

In a hearing lasting just over 30 minutes, the court also heard the former couple were involved in a separate civil dispute over ownership of a pet.

Giggs will go on trial in the criminal proceedings at Manchester Crown Court on January 24.

A further pre-trial hearing will take place at the same court on October 8.

Judge Hilary Manley extended Giggs’s bail on condition he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville, or go to any address where they are.

Giggs, who co-owns League Two side Salford City, is on leave from his position as manager of Wales where he won 64 caps for as a player.

Additional reporting by PA.