Ryan Giggs’s ex-girlfriend told a friend that bruising on her wrist was because of ‘rough sex’ with the former football star the night before, a court heard today.
Kate Greville met friend and boss Elsa Roodt a day after an alleged assault at a hotel in Dubai in 2017, in which she claims she was ‘dragged out of her room naked’ after accusing the ex-Manchester United star of seeing another woman.
PR boss Ms Roodt today told Manchester Crown Court that Ms Greville was staying at The Westin Hotel in Dubai with Giggs – who had flown to the Middle East to see her. She said she had met with her the following day in her office.
Ms Roodt – giving evidence from a TV link from Dubai – said: ‘She (Ms Greville) was very upset. She had been crying on and off and I noticed there were bruises on her arm. I could see them.’
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked her: ‘When you saw the bruises on her arm, did you speak to her about them?
Ms Roodt replied: ‘Yes, I asked her where she got the bruises.’ She continued: ‘She said after the argument they had, they ended up having quite rough sex, and the bruises were from that.’
Ms Roodt, who had employed Ms Greville to work in the Abu Dhabi office of her PR firm in 2016, said she also noticed bruising again on Ms Greville’s arm on a separate occasion in Dubai in February 2020.
She said that Ms Greville had been ‘crying all night.’ She said: ‘She was very upset. She seemed very sad. She had bruises on her arm.’
The PR chief said Ms Greville told her that this time ‘Ryan got physical with her the night before in the hotel.’
Former Wales midfielder Giggs, 48, is charged with assaulting former girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, causing her actual bodily harm during an argument at his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
He is also charged with common assault of Ms Greville’s younger sister, Emma Greville, during an incident on the same day and of coercive or controlling behaviour over their six-year on-and-off relationship.
Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has today arrived back in court for the second week of his assault and controlling behaviour trial. The former footballer, 48, arrived at Manchester Crown Court this morning for the sixth day of evidence in the trial
The former footballer, 48, arrived at Manchester Crown Court this morning (pictured left) for the sixth day of evidence in the trial. He is accused of ‘headbutting’ ex-partner Kate Greville (pictured right) and using coercive and controlling behaviour towards her during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-and-off relationship
PR chief tried to ‘block’ emails from Ryan Giggs to ex-girlfriend’s work account as it was ‘interfering’ with her job, court hears
The employer of Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend tried to block his ‘intense’ emails because they were ‘interfering with her work’, a court has heard.
Elsa Roodt said that Q Communications had ‘no other option’ than to try to block Giggs’ emails as his partner Kate Greville ‘couldn’t do her work’.
As the second week of the former Manchester United footballer’s trial got under way, Manchester Crown Court jurors heard evidence from Ms Roodt, who appeared on a video link from Dubai.
Ms Roodt said she started PR firm Q Communications in Dubai with Ms Greville’s university friend Katie Harvey in around 2010, and employed Ms Greville to help set up their Abu Dhabi office in 2016.
‘At one stage, early on in her employment, we had to call our internet provider to block Ryan Giggs’ email,’ she told the court.
‘It was intense and Kate couldn’t do her work. It was interfering with her work and we had no other option than to try and block his email.’
Ms Roodt, of Q Communications, had earlier told how she had to call the company’s internet provider to block Giggs’ email as it was ‘very intense’. She said: ‘It was interfering with her work so we had not other options but to block his emails’
Ms Roodt said that when Ms Greville first came to live in Abu Dhabi away from Giggs she started to ‘really come out of her shell’, adding: ‘she was really bubbly, really happy and we went out.’
However when Ms Greville and Giggs rekindled their relationship, Ms Roodt said: ‘She seemed a lot more worried. Her social pattern was a lot less. We didn’t spend much time with her.’
Mr Wright QC added: ‘You referred to her appearing nervous, how did that manifest itself? In what sort of behaviour?’
Ms Roodt responded and said :’She would be completely obsessed with her phone and constantly being available at all times.’
Yet when the relationship ended, Ms Roodt said her employee was ‘lighter, happier’.
Cross examining Ms Greville, Chris Daw QC defending Giggs, asked Ms Roodt if she knew if Ms Greville and Giggs frequently enjoyed ‘rough sex’ but she said she did not know.
Ms Roodt admitted she was never present at any arguments between Ms Greville and Giggs and had only met the former Wales boss ‘maybe three times.’
Ms Roodt confirmed one of those occasions was a a wedding in Spain involving Ms Greville’s friends in 2017. Asked if Giggs was ‘friendly, sociable and kind’ at the event, Ms Roodt replied: ‘Yes.’
It comes after jurors were on Friday shown police bodycam footage of Giggs being arrested in a ‘blood-stained shirt’ after telling officers how he ‘hit’ his ex-girlfriend Kate ‘in the lip’.
The court heard how the pair had earlier argued at dinner after PR executive Ms Greville ‘accused’ him of ‘couple of things’ before returning alone to the property, where they then rowed over their five-month-old golden retriever – ‘Mac’.
Ms Greville previously told the court she had found evidence on an iPad that Giggs had engaged in ‘full-on’ relationships with eight other women during their six-year on and off relationship, and initially told police at the scene the number was as high as 12.
Ryan Giggs trial – A summary: What the jury heard on Friday – on day five of the trial – as court was played dramatic 999 call from night of alleged assault
On Friday, the court heard:
- A recording of the dramatic 999 call made by Emma Greville – the sister of Ryan Giggs’s ex-girlfriend Kate Greville – on the night of the alleged assault;
- When asked the identity of the suspect she was calling about, Emma Greville tells a 999 operator: ‘Ryan Giggs, the footballer, Ryan Giggs’;
- The astonished call handler then replies: ‘The Ryan Giggs?’;
- During the call, Emma Greville tells the operator: ‘He headbutted her lip, she’s got blood everywhere’;
- Kate Greville can be heard screaming and crying in the background and at one point says: ‘Oh my God it’s so bad’;
- Giggs is heard saying: ‘Kate, all I wanted was my phone’;
- Jurors also watched police bodycam footage of the moment that officers arrive at the property;
- Giggs can be seen wearing a white shirt and standing at the front door of the £1.7million mansion in Worsley, Manchester;
- Later footage shows Giggs in his kitchen with a small blood mark on his shirt as he is spoken to by officers, who say he is being accused of an assault;
- He tells the officer: ‘We had an argument and she said ‘I’m taking the dog’. We recently had a puppy, he’s in the garage. ‘He’s my puppy, no it’s not he’s mine’, that kind of thing’;
- He then tells the officer that he ‘stupidly’ refused to hand over Kate Greville’s mobile phone which he had taken off her, before saying: ‘I hit her in the lip’, before accusing Ms Greville of ‘kicking’ him ‘in the head’ and ‘busting his lip’;
- The court also heard a statement from one of the officers who arrived at the scene. The officer said how Giggs, who admitted that he had been drinking that night, ‘had blood around his mouth’ when he arrived at the former Wales midfielder’s property;
- The officer said he found Kate Greville sitting on floor of the kitchen ‘visibly upset’;
- Giggs is accused of assaulting Kate Greville and her sister Emma during the incident at his home in November 2020;
- He is also accused of using coercive and controlling behaviour towards his ex-partner during their six-year on-and-off relationship;
- The former Manchester United star, 48, denies the allegations and is currently on trial at Manchester Crown Court;
The officer said how Giggs, who admitted that he had been drinking that night, ‘had blood around his mouth’ when he arrived at the former Wales midfielder’s property. The officer said how he found Ms Greville sitting on floor of the kitchen ‘visibly upset’.
In the footage, Giggs, seen wearing a white shirt with a blood mark on it, responds to say he and Ms Greville, 38, had been out for a meal and a ‘few drinks in town’, while her sister looked after their dog at the house.
The ex-Wales midfielder tells the officer that, following an argument, he had asked his ex-partner to leave the property and the pair had ‘got into a little bit of a tangle’.
He then tells the police he tried to get his phone off her during the incident and there had been a ‘struggle on the floor’. Giggs alleges to the police ‘she kicked me’ and ‘bust my lip’.
In the footage, Giggs tells the officer ‘We had an argument and she said ‘I’m taking the dog’. We recently had a puppy, he’s in the garage. ‘He’s my puppy, no it’s not he’s mine’, that kind of thing.’
He then tells the officer that he ‘stupidly’ refused to hand over Ms Greville’s mobile phone which he had taken off her, before saying: ‘I hit her in the lip’, before accusing Ms Greville of ‘kicking’ him ‘in the head’ and ‘busting his lip’.
Later bodycam footage shows the officer cautioning a calm-looking Giggs – who is not put in handcuffs – before he is walked to a police van and locked in the back.
On Friday, jurors also heard two dramatic 999 calls made after the footballer’s alleged assault. During the calls, Ms Greville is heard shouting in the background: ‘Oh my god it’s so bad,’ while her sister says: ‘There’s blood everywhere’.
During the 999 recording, the call handler asks who the alleged offender is, prompting Emma to say: ‘Ryan Giggs. The footballer Ryan Giggs.’
The astonished call handler then replies: ‘The Ryan Giggs?’
It comes after Ms Greville last week denied under cross-examination from Giggs’s lawyers that she had ‘planned’ to get pregnant with his child as their relationship broke down.
The court heard messages shared between Ms Greville and a friend in which he said: ‘I am not walking away with nothing’.
Jurors were also told how she had visited hospital to get her contraceptive coil removed, after telling Giggs she was going due to ‘cancerous cells’ discovered during a smear test.
Giggs’s lawyer, Chris Daw QC, said: ‘Your plan was to get pregnant by Mr Giggs.’ Ms Greville said: ‘No, absolutely not.’
On Friday – the fifth day of the trial – jurors were played a recording of Emma Greville’s 999 call with the police following the alleged assault on her sister.
Emma, asked by the call handler why she is calling, says: ‘Assault. He’s headbutted her.’
Swearing can then be heard in the background, along with crying and an argument between Giggs and Ms Greville.
Emma then says: ‘Can you come quickly?’, with the call handler asking: ‘Does she need an ambulance?’
In the recording, Emma then says: ‘He’s just headbutted in her face. ‘What? Ryan, I am saying anything I want to f***ing say. You have headbutted my sister. I don’t care if your daughter is 17, I don’t care about your daughter.’
Ms Greville (pictured left) previously told the court she had found evidence on an iPad that Giggs had engaged in ‘full-on’ relationships with eight other women during their six-year on and off relationship, and initially told police at the scene the number was as high as 12. Pictured right: Ms Greville’s boss, PR chief Elsa Roodt, gave evidence in court today (Monday)
The call handler then ask: ‘What’s he called?’ prompting Emma to reply: ‘Ryan Giggs.’ Giggs can then be heard shouting something inaudible in the background. She then responds: ‘It will be on the news, because you’ve just headbutted my sister.’
Giggs is then heard in the background saying: ‘She’s a psycho. She’s a psycho’. After hearing crying in the background, police ask: ‘Why is she crying?’
Emma replies, ‘She’s in pain,’ prompting the call handler to say: ‘Why?’ Emma says: ‘Because he’s headbutted her.
Later, police ask: ‘What’s his name? Emma replies: ‘Ryan Giggs. The footballer Ryan Giggs.’ The call handler then says: ‘The Ryan Giggs?’ Emma: ‘Yes. Can you come quickly please?’
Court hears moment astonished 999 call handler asked, ‘THE Ryan Giggs?’ when her sister phoned for police after ‘assault’
Emma: ‘We need the police please.’
Operator: ‘Where do you need police?’
Emma: ‘(Gives address). Can we have them now please? What’s your postcode, what is it Kate? (Gives address again).’
Operator: ‘What is the offence?’
Emma: ‘Assault. Headbutted her.’
*Swearing can be heard in the background and Kate is heard crying
Emma: ‘Please can you come quickly? He’s just headbutted in her face.’
Operator: ‘Does she need an ambulance?’
*Giggs is heard shouting something inaudible.
Emma: ‘Yes I think so, he’s headbutted her in the face. What? Ryan, I am saying anything I want to f***ing say. You have headbutted my sister.’
‘I don’t care if your daughter is 17, I don’t care about your daughter.’
*Crying is heard in the background.
Operator: ‘What’s he called?’
Emma: ‘Ryan Giggs.’
*Giggs is heard shouting something inaudible
Emma: ‘It will be on the news, because you’ve just headbutted my sister.’
*Giggs in the background: ‘She’s a psycho. She’s a psycho’
*Kate can be heard crying in the background
Operator: ‘What injuries has your sister got?
Emma: ‘He headbutted her lip, she’s got blood everywhere.’
Operator: ‘A fat lip, a bruised lip?’
Operator: ‘Why is she screaming?’
Emma: ‘Because she’s in so much pain
Emma: ‘Because he’s headbutted her in the lip.
Operator: ‘What’s your name?’
Emma: ‘Emma Greville.’
*Kate heard in the background: ‘Oh my god it’s so bad.’
Operator: ‘Police are on their way.’
Operator: ‘What’s his name?
Emma: ‘Ryan Giggs. The footballer, Ryan Giggs.’
Operator: ‘The Ryan Giggs?’
Emma: ‘Yes. He is coming back now. Can you come quick please?’
Operator: ‘We are on blue lights and sirens, OK?’
Emma: ‘Because he has said he is going to headbutt me. He is coming back.’
Operator: ‘Stay there, the police are very close. There in 60 seconds.’
*Ryan in the background: ‘Kate, Kate, all I wanted was my phone, now we will be… thanks Emma.’
Emma: ‘No, you said you called the police already. You told me.’
*Giggs in the background: ‘All losers.’
Emma: ‘Yeah, we are all losers? All losers, yes. What are you waiting for? Just go away.’
Operator: ‘Do you still think Kate needs an ambulance?’
Emma: ‘I don’t know. It’s just a burst lip, I can’t tell you.’
*This is not the full transcript*
The court also heard from PC Billington, who was one of the officers at the scene.
After watching the video, PC Billington was questioned by prosecutor, Peter Wright QC.
Mr Wright QC said: ‘Mr Giggs was then taken to the police vehicles, and escorted to the police station, the court.’ Pc Billington: ‘That’s correct.’
Mr Wright QC continued: ‘At the time that you spoke to him, did you form the impression he’d been drinking?’
‘I believed he was intoxicated,’ the police officer answered.
Asked why he had formed that opinion, PC Billington added: ‘His slow response to my questions and his eyes were slightly glazed.’
In cross-examination by defence barrister, Marianne Alton, PC Billington was asked: ‘Was he calm throughout?’
PC Billington agreed. The defence did not argue that Mr Giggs had not been drinking, but Ms Alton asked Pc Billington: ‘But he wasn’t stumbling about?’
‘No,’ the officer answered. She added: ‘He spoke coherently?’
PC Billington replied: ‘He responded coherently, yes.’
On Friday, jurors were shown police body-cam footage of Ms Greville speaking to police in the aftermath of the alleged incident.
In the footage, she tells officers: ‘I found he had been cheating on me for the last six years with ten or 12 women. Every time I found something it got worse, I found his iPad, kept it all to myself for two weeks’. Ms Greville claims that Giggs had began ‘flipping his s**t’ and attacking her after she confronted him.
On the first day of his trial this week she told police in a later interview that he had eight other ‘full-on relationships that had gone on constantly from 2014’.
The evidence emerged as the former Manchester United star’s legal team accused Ms Greville of having ‘stopped contraception in a plot to get pregnant by him’.
She denied claims by the footballer’s lawyers that she ‘planned to get pregnant’ as their relationship broke down, the court heard.
On Friday, under cross examination, Ms Greville had admitted to lying to Giggs about having cancerous cells detected in a smear test so she ‘would not have to have sex with him’. As their relationship came to an end she also messaged a friend saying: ‘I am not walking away with nothing’, amid claims she was trying to have his baby.
The messages were sent after the PR executive began to ‘plan’ leave Giggs, having allegedly found evidence on the footballer’s iPad that he had conducted ‘full-on’ affairs with eight other women during their relationship.
The court was told how in October 2020, having found the messages, Ms Greville messaged a friend saying: ‘I need a plan’. Referring to the message, Christopher Daw QC, representing Giggs, 48, asked Ms Greville: ‘What were you talking about?’
Ms Greville told the court: ‘I needed a plan to get away in secret so he couldn’t find me, so he wouldn’t harass me. And how to let him know how I had found all those things out.’
Mr Daw said: ‘And walking away (with nothing)?’ Ms Greville replied: ‘I am talking about my dog. One hundred per cent, just the dog.’ Mr Daw said: ‘Your plan was to get pregnant by Mr Giggs.’ Ms Greville said: ‘No, absolutely not.’
The court also heard how Ms Greville messaged her friend saying that she was getting her contraceptive coil removed that week. The court heard Ms Greville later did have the coil removed, having told Giggs she was going to hospital after a smear test showed ‘cancerous cells’.
Chris Daw said: ‘The truth is you were going to have your contraceptive out.’
Ms Greville told the court: ‘I was getting my coil out and I also wanted a STD test. I wanted him off my back. I completely regret saying these things but I needed to say something to get him off my back and for him to leave me alone.’
Mr Daw said: ‘The true position is there was no medical emergency for the coil to be taken out.’ Ms Greville replied: ‘There was no medical emergency but it (the coil) was coming to an end and it needed taking out.’
‘If I was saying I had cancerous cells then I would not have to have sex with him.’
Mr Daw, refering to text messages between the pair, said: ‘I am going to suggest you were having active, regular and very enthusiastic sex with Mr Giggs at this time including when you had this coil removed.’ Ms Greville said: ‘I disagree.’
It comes as the court heard claims from Ms Greville that Giggs had kicked her in the back ‘so hard’ that she ‘fell off the bed’ during a stay at the Stafford Hotel in London in December 2019.
Ms Greville had previously alleged that during the incident she was thrown out of their room by Giggs, who then ‘threw a laptop’ at her head
The PR executive also previously told Giggs’s trial at Manchester Crown Court how the defendant had thrown her naked into a corridor during a separate incident at a hotel Dubai in September 2017.
It comes as Ms Greville was quizzed by Giggs’s barrister about her decision to continue her relationship with the ex-footballer, despite her claims of physical and mental abuse.
Mr Daw also questioned her decision to move into the ex-Wales winger’s £1.7million mansion at the start of the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.
But a tearful Ms Greville said she was ‘ashamed’ of the decision to ‘keep going back’ to Giggs, telling jurors: ‘It was a cycle of abuse that he promised the world. He was very convincing, he could be very charming.
‘I went back again stupidly and I am ashamed of that, hugely ashamed of that, but I did.’
Mr Daw also took aim at Ms Greville’s suggestions that Giggs had interfered in her relationships with her friends in the lead up to the end of their relationship in November 2020 – when Giggs is accused of ‘headbutting’ her and assaulting her sister Emma.
He said in the months before their break-up, Ms Greville had enjoyed three holidays, to Ibiza, Portugal and Greece – the latter two of which she had flown out with her friends.
But Ms Greville replied: ‘He was creating really difficult relationships with these people. There’s many more months and weeks that I have a relationship with my friends that can be difficult. That’s just a holiday, or a long weekend.’
She also accused of the former Manchester United star of ‘flirting’ with her friend in ‘front of her face’ and then asking: ‘Does that make you jealous?’.
Mr Daw also addressed claims made by Ms Greville earlier in the trial that she had found evidence on an iPad that the former footballer had engaged in ‘full on’ relationships with eight other women while with the PR executive.
He suggested that Ms Greville’s decision to leave the former footballer was ‘nothing to do with coercion, violence or anything like that – it was just to do with his cheating.’ Ms Greville said it was also about his ‘coercion and control and manipulating.’
Ryan Giggs mother Lynne at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to support her son on Thursday – day four of the trial
Giggs (left), 48, is accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville (right), 38, between August 2017 and November 2020. The pair are pictured here on holiday in 2018
Ryan Giggs at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video played to the jury after he is alleged to have headbutted her
Ms Greville has told the court she returned to the UK from the Middle East thinking she would be in a relationship with Giggs, but he instead became more distant
Last week the court heard accusations from Ms Greville that Giggs was having ‘full-on’ affairs with eight other women during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-off relationship.
The PR executive made the discovery after accessing the football star’s iPad having ‘made it my mission to find out the truth’ about his other lovers, she told police.
She said how, during what she called a ‘cycle of abuse’, Giggs ‘dragged’ her out of the bedroom of a five-star hotel – leaving her naked in the corridor – after she accused him of ‘manically’ flirting with other women during a night out.
He then threw a bag containing her laptop at her head, giving her a ‘massive lump’, Manchester Crown Court heard.
When she attempted to leave him over his alleged flings and ‘controlling’ behaviour, Giggs would ‘bombard’ her with up to 50 messages an hour and threatened to ruin her career, she claimed.
Eventually she got into his iPad as she ‘needed to know the truth’ – and the ‘reality’ of his cheating was ‘way worse than I could imagine’, she said.
Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following his arrest.
The court heard that Ms Greville was employed by PR firm Tangerine for part of the alleged period of controlling behaviour and also by Giggs’ own company, GG Hospitality.
Giggs’ legal counsel, Chris Daw QC, said his client encouraged her career ambitions and went on to introduce most of her clients when she set up her business herself and earned a six-figure salary.
He said Ms Greville was ‘always completely financially independent’ and was free to travel and see her friends.
Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following a period of leave since November 2020.
During his time at Old Trafford, Manchester United won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He won 64 caps for Wales and is co-owner of League Two side Salford City.
Giggs met Ms Greville in 2013 after she helped promote his Hotel Football venue, launched with ex-United teammate Gary Neville.
He divorced his wife Stacey in December 2017. Giggs found love again with lingerie model, Zara Charles, 33, who has ‘supported’ him through the charges.
The trial continues.
GIGGS’ ‘COERCIVE AND CONTROLLING BEHAVIOUR’ DETAILED TO JURY
Ryan Giggs’ alleged assault on his former girlfriend, which prompted his arrest, was merely the culmination of years of abuse, the court heard.
Mr Wright detailed some of the incidents under which Giggs stands accused of using coercive or controlling behaviour and evidence of his ‘much uglier and more sinister side’.
The incidents included:
- Messaging Ms Greville and/or blocking her when she was on nights out with others, or she asked about Giggs’ relationship with others.
- Threatening to send images ‘of a personal nature’ to her friends.
- Throwing her belongings out of his house when she questioned him about relationships with other women.
- At a London hotel, rowing in the hotel suite and throwing her bag at her.
- Appearing unwanted at her home or gym and contacting her friends to get her to speak to him again.
Mr Wright said these snapshots of his behaviour provided a ‘shaft of light’ on the real Ryan Giggs, who ‘stays in the dark, not the public persona’.
The prosecutor added: ‘This was a manipulative, toxic, damaging relationship by a man upon a vulnerable woman.’