Ryan Giggs sobs in court as he recounts night in prison cell

Ryan Giggs arriving at Manchester Crown Court, as he continued to give evidence in his trial - Paul Currie/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Ryan Giggs arriving at Manchester Crown Court, as he continued to give evidence in his trial - Paul Currie/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Ryan Giggs burst into tears in the witness box during his trial as he recalled spending a night in the cells.

At 2.30pm, Chris Daw QC, for the defence, asked his client where he spent the night on Nov 1 - the evening he is alleged to have headbutted his former girlfriend.

He answered: "In a cell."

Pressed on what that was like, he held back tears and said: "It was the worst experience of my life," before sobbing in court.

Judge Hilary Manley offered the defendant a seat, but he declined. After around 30 seconds, Mr Giggs took a sip of water, composed himself and continued to give evidence.

He told the court he got “hardly any” sleep that night at Pendleton Police Station, in Salford, and spoke to a solicitor for the first time the next day.

Mr Giggs was cross-examined by prosecutor Peter Wright QC and, during an exchange, the former footballer admitted he “monitored” his ex-partner Kate Greville and that he was a cheat and a liar.

He also said he had sent "constant unwanted messages, making constant unwanted calls to her and her friends when she tried to break off the relationship” and “turning up unannounced at her home, workplace and gym”, when it was put to him by Mr Wright.

In a moment of levity on an otherwise tense day at Manchester Crown Court, the Manchester United great laughed when he was asked to outline arguments he had with Ms Greville over the dishwasher.

He explained that owing to people making breakfast at different times during lockdown, the machine would go through up to four cycles a day and that “sometimes the glasses or the tablespoons were the wrong way round”.

Mr Giggs told the court, gesturing turning glasses spoons over, he would have to reload the dishwasher and put it on again.

He added: "So, I would call a team meeting, and I would say to everyone, not just Kate: 'Can we please just put the tablespoons the right way round?'

"It wasn’t a big argument."

Mr Daw QC asked Mr Giggs: "Did you call it a team meeting?"

Again, Mr Giggs laughed in the witness box and said: "Well, yes, after a time, I was just like: 'That’s enough now. I’m sick of doing the dishwasher 24-7.'"

Asked about the evening of Nov 1, Mr Giggs told the jury Ms Greville kicked him “six or seven times” after they fell over bags in the hallway during a tussle for a phone.

"Kate just proceeded to kick me in the head," he said. “As soon as we were on the floor, I was getting kicked in the head, and I was just protecting my head.”

In an act of “tit-for-tat stupidity” after she had hidden his device, the defendant said he took his former partner’s phone and put it in his pocket.

This led to Ms Greville attempting to reclaim her handset, he told the court, adding: “We went all the way around the [kitchen] island.

"Kate was just grabbing my wrist and wanting to get my hand out of my pocket."

Mr Daw QC then asked if there was "any physical contact" between the two of them.

Mr Giggs answered: "Yes... It got more and more aggressive, a sort of tug-of-war and we clashed heads."

Mr Giggs added that "it happened really quickly" and gesturing with his palm towards his face, he told the jury: "I felt, like, my lips against hers."

With the police on their way, Mr Giggs was asked: “Did you give any thought at the time to the implications of being accused of headbutting your girlfriend?”

He said he had, adding that he “was confused and scared because now there looks like a situation that... and what happened is completely different. And I was scared”.

The court was told how during Mr Giggs’s more than 1,000 matches as a professional footballer, he was only sent off once - for Wales - and that was for two bookable offences, as opposed to violent conduct.

But Mr Wright QC said there was a “world of difference” between Ryan Giggs the footballer and the Ryan Giggs the public never saw. Mr Giggs disagreed.

Mr Giggs admitted he was “prone to regretting things you have done in anger when you have recovered your composure”.

The prosecutor said that this was what caused the “expression of emotion” in the witness box, adding “that what was going through your mind when you were spending a night in the cells”. Mr Giggs again disagreed.

The court was taken to a series of emails from Mr Giggs to Ms Greville during a time in which they had split up promising they could get a dog, move in together or have a baby if they were to get back together.

When Ms Greville was not responding, Mr Giggs messaged her to say: “Stop being a baby and call me please… Otherwise I will stalk you like mad, and you know how good I am at that,” along with smiling emoji.

Mr Giggs denied a list of allegations put to him by the Crown, including that he was a narcissist, manipulator, was controlling, aggressive and violent.

He did admit he was a liar and a cheat.

In his final exchange with Mr Daw QC, Mr Giggs admitted he was “a man with many faults and flaws” but that those did not include “a propensity to commit violence towards women” nor “to control and coerce women”.

Mr Giggs denies all charges. The trial continues.

04:40 PM

Trial adjourned

It was put to Mr Giggs that he placed Ms Greville's phone on a gate post because he could not be arrested with it in his possession.

He is then read a passage of his police statement in which he says Ms Greville gave his phone back to him.

Mr Wright QC said: "Oh, Mr Giggs, that’s what you’ve created as a narrative afterwards."

Mr Giggs added: "No, I picked the phone up from the windowsill. I meant gave it me back by placing it on the windowsill."

Mr Wright QC asked: "Why didn’t you say that?"

"I don't know," he answered.

Mr Wright continued: "The account about your phone is a fiction, isn’t it?"

With that, Chris Daw QC for the defence said to the judge: "Your Honour, I notice the time and Mr Giggs is the only witness in this trial not to be offered a break."

With that, the trial was adjourned.

We'll be back at midday on Thursday.

04:33 PM

'But when they didn’t, you assaulted them didn’t you?'

We now move onto the night of Nov 1, 2020.

Asked about phoning the police, Mr Giggs was told by Mr Wright QC: "You didn’t want the police," pointing out that the opportunity to dial 999 was offered to him by his neighbour Linda.

Mr Giggs said: "I think Linda made me realise it wouldn’t be a good idea."

Mr Wright QC added: "You wanted the threat but you didn’t want the police."

Mr Giggs answered: "Yes, I though the threat of phoning the police, that they would eventually leave."

Mr Wright QC added: "But when they didn’t, you assaulted them didn’t you?"

"No," Mr Giggs added.

04:24 PM

'I was never violent'

Mr Wright QC is taking Mr Giggs through the messages he sent to Ms Greville, telling her she "didn't deserve to be a parent" and that he hoped her business would fail.

Mr Giggs agreed these were impetuous, aggressive, threatening, deliberate, intended to be so, not idle, was not a joke and that nobody was laughing.

Mr Wright QC said:  "You were violent towards her, weren’t you?"

"No," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Wright QC said: "It wasn’t the first time, was it?"

Mr Giggs answered: "I was never violent."

The prosecutor suggested he had been violent to her before, to which Mr Giggs disagreed.

Mr Wright QC: "Do you have a difficulty keeping your temper, Mr Giggs?

"No," Mr Giggs answered.

04:11 PM

On Nov 1 night 'you simply lost it, didn't you?'

The court is hearing a message sent to Kate Greville from Ryan Giggs in which he used expletive language.

Mr Wright QC said: "You were very angry weren’t you?"

"I was emotional," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Wright QC asked the defendant: "Are you a man who on occasions has difficulty controlling those emotions?"

Mr Giggs said: "In this particular time, it was before we were getting back together."

Mr Wright suggested this was what happened on the night of Nov 1, "You simply lost it, didn't you?"

"No," Mr Giggs replied.

03:58 PM

'Were you threatening her?'

Mr Wright QC told the court of a message sent to Ms Greville from Mr Giggs, which read, Do I have to let you go Kate".

"Were you threatening her?" the prosecutor asked.

Mr Giggs replied: "No."

Mr Wright QC asked: "Seeking to control her?"

"No," Mr Giggs repeated.

Mr Wright QC said: "Leaving her in no doubt as to who the dominant person was in this relationship?"

"No," Mr Giggs said again.

03:53 PM

Mr Giggs admits 'turning up unannounced at her home, workplace and gym'

Ryan Giggs has denied throwing Kate Greville out of a room at the Stafford Hotel and kicking her in the back, then throwing her bag at her when she accused him of sleeping with other women.

He told the court: “That did not happen.”

Peter Wright QC asked about photos of Ms Greville with a bruise on her wrist and knee, which Mr Giggs said was from rough sex.

“What were your injuries from this rough, consensual sex?” he asked. “The scratch on your neck – that was it, was it?”

Mr Giggs said: “Yes.”

Mr Wright said: “Sending constant unwanted messages, making constant unwanted calls to her and her friends when she tried to break off the relationship. Do you accept you did that?”

Mr Giggs said: “Yes.”

Mr Wright said: “Turning up unannounced at her home, workplace and gym – do you accept you did that?”

Mr Giggs repeated: “Yes.”

03:48 PM

Mr Giggs denies finding it difficult to accept fault

Ryan Giggs denied he finds it difficult to accept fault, criticism or to apologise.

Asked by Peter Wright QC, he said he did not consider himself to be deceitful or self-centred.

Mr Giggs also denied that it “incensed” him if he “did not get his own way”.

Mr Wright asked: “Would you accept your conduct towards her (Kate Greville) had caused serious alarm or distress to her?”

Mr Giggs replied: “Yes.”

Mr Wright said: “Would you accept it had substantial adverse effects on her day-to-day activities?”

Mr Giggs said: “No.”

Mr Wright said: “The position is this, isn’t it, you knew full well what the effect you were having on Kate Greville was, weren’t you?”

Mr Giggs repeated: “No.”

Mr Wright said: “I suggest you have known that for a long time, haven’t you?”

Mr Giggs said: “No.”

03:47 PM

'That message was a joke'

Ryan Giggs said he accepted messaging Kate Greville or blocking her when she was out with other people.

He denied threatening to email her friends and employers about their sexual relationship.

Peter Wright QC asked Giggs if he was “proud” of a message to Ms Greville in February 2019 in which he said: “I’m vexed right now, don’t let me go to the group and use the ‘I’m your boss remember’ card.”

Mr Giggs said: “That message was a joke.”

03:44 PM

'Is public perception a bit of  a raw nerve for you, Mr Giggs?'

During another occasion in which Mr Giggs was blocked by Ms Greville on WhatsApp.

Mr Giggs said: "Do you really want me to chase you on the group, and I will do it?"

Asked what that meant, Mr Giggs said: "That I would message us on our WhatsApp group... a skiing group that we were part of.

"There were work colleagues on that group."

Mr Wright QC asked: "Why were you sending this message to her?"

Mr Giggs added: "Because I was blocked Kate’s WhatsApp but not on the group."

Mr Wright QC asked: "Why not just send the message if there was nothing meant by this message? Why not just do that? If it was innocuous, why not just send the message?"

Mr Giggs added: "Because I’d look stupid in front of the WhatsApp group, this was between me and Kate."

Mr Wright QC asked: "Is public perception a bit of  a raw nerve for you, Mr Giggs?"

"No," Mr Giggs said.

03:33 PM

Mr Giggs admits to 'monitoring' Ms Greville

The court was told of an exchange of messages which resulted in Mr Giggs blocking Ms Greville on WhatsApp because she was not replying to him when she was online.

Mr Wright QC said: "Were you monitoring what she was up to?"

"Yes," said Mr Giggs.

"Why?" Mr Wright QC asked.

Mr Giggs said: "I don’t know."

Mr Wright QC said: "That was in 2018. Can you come up with a single explanation?"

"No," Mr Giggs answered.

Mr Wright QC added: "Because it was second nature wasn’t it."

Mr Giggs disagreed.

03:28 PM

'Is that not like some sort of dagger in the heart for you?'

The prosecutor now turns to a string of messages between Mr Giggs and Ms Greville

Ryan Giggs (RG): Kate, you didn’t catch me in bed with anyone. I sent a few drunken texts. Chill babe.

RG: Best night I’ve had in this pub.

RG: Wish I had cheated now.

Kate Greville (KG): Eeewww you are vile. Go to hell you absolute skank.

KG: You’re a liar, youre a cheat, you’re a narcassist, you’re a manipulator, you’re controlling, you’re aggressive, you’re violent, you’re a disappointment, no f— off out of my life.

RG: Now, not no, love. You’re that angry you can’t write. Chills

KG: You’ve actually just tried to trivialise what you did??

KG: You don’t give a fuck about my feelings. That last message proved it once and for all.

RG: Give the therapist a call Kate.

RG: Nah, I don’t run off crying to my friends like you do.

RG: You’re right, I don't give a f— about your feelings but your hatred today is on another level. That bad it’s funny.

Asked why he did not respond to the string of accusations put to him by his then-girlfriend, Mr Giggs said: "There were a lot of things on the list, I just didn't reply to the list."

Mr Wright QC said that Mr Giggs had "today" told the jury that he had never hurt a woman.

The prosecutor added: "Is that not like some sort of dagger in the heart for you?"

Mr Giggs answered: "Yes."

03:22 PM

'Otherwise I will stalk you like mad, and you know how good I am at that'

The court was taken to a series of emails from Mr Giggs to Ms Greville during a time in which they had split up.

Mr Giggs was blocked from messaging Ms Greville on WhatsApp.

Some of the messages, during which he told his then girlfriend they could get a dog, move in together or have a baby if they were to get together read:

  1. I’ve never ever been close to loving anyone else like i love you

  2. The person who I’ve had the most connection with i don’t but you will be okay the kids miss you too

  3. These aren’t just fake promises

  4. I mean it, now stop being a baby and call me please

  5. Otherwise I will stalk you like mad, and you know how good I am at that [smiley emoji]

  6. And I will come to yours and I will get in!

  7. Or wait until you’re leaving anyway

  8. Look forward to hearing from you, Ryan

  9. Keep ignoring me

  10. I’ll see you soon

Mr Wright QC added: "You would play with your emotions, wouldn't you and if she didn’t do what you wanted, you would coerce her, wouldn't you?"

"No," said Mr Giggs.

Mr Wright added: "During this relationship, you sought to control her, didn’t you?

"No," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Wright QC said: "And succeeded for some time didn't you."

The defendant said: "No."

03:15 PM

Mr Giggs denies gaslighting over Christmas card

The court heard that Ms Greville found a Christmas card sent to Mr Giggs by a woman she accused him of having an affair with.

Mr Giggs told the court she had come to the wrong conclusion.

Mr Wright QC asked: “Or was it that you were gaslighting her?”

“No,” the defendant answered, adding: “Just that finding the card, I thought that maybe it was an overreaction.”

Mr Wright QC added: “You’re not gaslighting her here at all?”

To which Mr Giggs responded, “no”.

03:08 PM

'Until the woman you controlled and coerced for years stood up to you'

Mr Giggs was asked if he has ever sat back and reflected on his behaviour.

He said he had.

Mr Wright QC asked: “When you reflected on these characteristics, what conclusion did you come to?”

“I don’t know,” answered Ryan Giggs.

Mr Wright QC added “Or is it, you didn’t care? Is it because you didn’t care? Mr Giggs answered: “I do care.”

Mr Wright said: “Is it because you thought as far as your private life is concerned, you thought you could get away with it? “

“No,” was the answered.

“Do whatever you wanted,” Mr Weight added.

Mr Giggs said: “No.”

Mr Wright QC went on: “Until the evening of Nov 1 when the police arrived. Until the woman you controlled and coerced for years stood up to you, didn’t she?

“No,” Mr Giggs said.

Mr Wright said: “Do you find it difficult to accept fault or criticism?”

“No,” the defendant answered.

Mr Wright said: “Or to apologise?”

Mr Giggs said: “No.”

02:59 PM

Defence lawyer objects to line of questioning

Mr Wright QC asked three times why Mr Giggs called Ms Greville a four-lettered insult in a message.

This prompted Mr Daw QC to object to the line of questioning, but Judge Hilary Manley told Mr Wright QC to continue.

Peter Wright: "So third time - why?"

RG: I was angry

PW: Are you prone to doing things you regret when you’re angry.

RG: Yes.

PW: Are you prone to regretting things you have done in anger when you have recovered your composure

RG: Yes

PW: And is that what was going through your mind when you were spending a night in the cells at Pendleton Police Station

RG: No

PW: And was that the expression of emotion when you were in the witness box

RG: NOo

PW: What is it taht triggers your hot-headedness?

RG: Um, What’s the question, sorry?

PW: What is it that triggers your hot-headedness?

RG: I don’t know.

PW: You don't know. You’re 48 and you don’t know?

RG: Yes.

02:52 PM

Ryan Giggs was 'scared not angry'

Asked what he was feeling when the police were on their way to his house, Mr Giggs said he was "scared".

PW: Scared of what?

RG: Scared that the police are getting called

PW: Well it wouldn’t be scared of two women in the house, would it

RG: No

PW: It wouldn’t be scared that you were about to be assaulted by a woman or two women in that house would it

RG: No

PW: Your state of being scared was because the police were on their way, wasn’t it

RG: Yes

PW: And you were the reason they were on their way , weren't you

RG: No

PW: No? So the reason they were on their way was because of what the girls had done, was it?

RG: No

PW: So, if it’s not because what the girls have done then who is left of this trilogy of people in the house

RG: Me

PW: So I’ll ask you again the reason they were on their way, weren't you?

RG: No

PW: The Ryan Giggs we heard in that 999 call, was angry, wasn’t it? Not scared, angry.

RG: I was scared.

PW: Would you disagree that the Ryan Giggs we heard in those 999 calls was angry?

RG: Yes.

02:50 PM

'There was a very different side to Ryan Giggs'

Peter Wright QC: The reality is here, there was a very different side to Ryan Giggs, that’s the reality.

Ryan Giggs: No

PW: You disagree?

RG: Yes

PW: There’s the Ryan Giggs that the public know, isn’t there, and there’s the Ryan Giggs that you know isn’t there

RG: Um, no.

02:48 PM

Cross-examination begins

Peter Wright QC (PW) is now beginning his cross-examination of Ryan Giggs (RG).

PW: Would you agree, there is a world of difference in the way someone may behave in their personal life and the way they may behave in their professional life

RG: Yes

PW: You've been a model professional footballer?

RG: Yes

PW: You told us about your professional career, not in great detail,  about just once before being sent off.

RG: Yes

PW: And as to how you have behaved when you have been conducting your professional career in the public eye

RG: Yes

PW: Because that’s the difference, isn’t it. It’s what the public can see that’s important isn’t it

RG: Yes

PW: And you would be acutely aware that the public eye would be on you when you are on the pitch

RG: Yes

02:39 PM

Final exchange of defence lawyer and Mr Giggs

Chris Daw QC: "Mr Giggs, would you admit, wouldn't you, that you are a man with many faults and flaws?"

Ryan Giggs: "I do."

Chris Daw QC: "Is one of those with a propensity to commit violence towards women?"

Ryan Giggs: "No."

Chris Daw QC: "And at the age of 48 - to control and and coerce women in your emotional relationships?"

Ryan Giggs: "No."

02:30 PM

Mr Giggs sobs in the witness box

Ryan Giggs started sobbing in the witness box.

Asked where he spent the night on Nov 1, he answered: "In a cell."

And asked what that was like, he said: "It was the worst experience of my life," before bursting into tears.

02:29 PM

Jury shown picture of Mr Giggs' cut lips

The court was shown photographs of Mr Giggs' facial injuries.

Asked what the first picture showed, Mr Giggs said: "My cut lip. I had several cuts around my lips and my mouth area."

He told the court he had no injuries prior to the evening Nov 1, and that there was "certainly" an injury sustained in the first tussle for the mobile phone but he was not sure if he sustained further injury during the second incident which involved the clash of heads.

02:21 PM

Mr Giggs back in the witness box

The defendant is ready to resume his evidence.

01:33 PM

Trial adjourned

That's it for the morning session.

We'll be back at 2.15pm.

01:33 PM

Mr Giggs left 'scared and confused' after headbutt allegations

Here is an exchange between Mr Giggs (RG) and his lawyer Mr Daw QC (CD).

CD: Mr Giggs, did you at any stage put your hands on Kate's shoulders and forcefully and deliberately headbutt her in the face?

RG: No, I didn't. 

CD: Would you ever do such a thing?

RG: No. 

CD: After that you said Kate was accusing you of headbutting her. Did the subject of police come up?

RG: Quite quickly. Emma said she was going to ring the police I think I said that I’d already rang the police because of the threat I’d made earlier in that evening. 

CD: Why did you say that?

RG: Because by now I could see the mood had changed and they were accusing me of something I hadn’t done 

CD: They? Was Emma saying something to you?

RG: Yes, she said the same. 

CD: Was it true?

RG: No.

CD: Did you give any thought at the time to the implications of being accused of headbutting your girlfriend?

RG: Yes 

CD: What were they?

RG: Well, I was confused and scared because now they’re looks like a situation that... and what happened is completely different. And I was scared.

01:27 PM

'She accused me of headbutting her'

Regarding the aftermath of the incident, Mr Daw QC asked: "Did she say anything to you?"

"No," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Daw QC said: "Did she at any point after that accuse you?"

Mr Giggs said: "Yes, afterwards she accused me of hitting her in the face."

Mr Daw QC said: "Hit? Or another word?"

"She accused me of headbutting her," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Daw QC added: "Were you aware of Emma being present throughout any of this?"

Mr Giggs said: "Yes, when it was coming towards the natural end at the dining room table, that’s when Emma came into the room."

"Did Emma say anything?" Mr Daw QC asked.

Mr Giggs replied: "No, I think she was shouting to stop, I can’t recall what she was saying."

01:24 PM

'A sort of tug-of-war and we clashed heads'

Mr Daw QC then asked if there was "any physical contact" between the two of them.

Mr Giggs answered: "Yes... It got more and more aggressive, a sort of tug-of-war and we clashed heads."

Mr Giggs added that "it happened really quickly", the "tugging got more aggressive". And gesturing with his hand towards his face, he told the jury: "I felt, like, my lips against hers."

He continued: "I could quite clearly see she was hurt. She sort of fell backwards. Not backwasrds onto the floor, but more towards the table."

01:19 PM

'Tugging got a little more aggressive'

Mr Daw QC asked: "How did things come to an end. How did you separate?"

Mr Giggs said: "Kate had then stopped because her back was against the chair and the dining room table.

"The tugging got a little bit more aggressive and a bit more to-and-fro... she wasn’t leading me around the island we couldn’t go anywhere because of the tables and chairs."

01:18 PM

Struggle for phone went 'all the way around kitchen island'

By now, the then-couple were in the kitchen.

Asked what happened next, Mr Giggs said: "Then Kate sort of grabbed my wrist whilst my hand was in my pocket and sort of and led me towards the fridge.

"With me facing the fridge and Kate walking backwards.

"I was being led by her, I was just making sure she couldn’t get into my pocket. She continued to ask for her phone back."

Mr Giggs added that during the exchange, Ms Greville was continually attempting to pull his wrist out of his pocket.

"We went all the way around the [kitchen] island," he said.

"Kate was just grabbing my wrist and wanting to get my hand out of my pocket."

01:14 PM

Taking Ms Greville's phone was 'stupid tit-for-tat', says Mr Giggs

Mr Daw QC continued: "After that coming together, what did you do next?"

Mr Giggs said: "The same, really. Just pleaded for them to go. Continued to take the bags outside, then some time after I saw my phone by the front door on the windowsill."

After walking through the garage, with Mac the puppy "running around", Mr Giggs said he noticed Kate Greville's phone in the utility room.

"I took Kate’s phone," he said. "I picked it up and put it in the same pocket where my phone was."

Asked why, he answered: "It was a bit tit-for-tat, I suppose. She took my phone so I'm going to take her phone."

Kate Greville noticed her phone was missing and asked the former footballer if he had it, the jury were told.

"I said yes," Mr Giggs told the court. 

"She could quite clearly see my hand was in my pocket and I was protecting the phones I had in my pocket.

"She said she wanted her phone back, and I said I wasn’t giving it her back."

Mr Daw QC asked given Mr Giggs was attempting to get the sisters to leave his house, why did he not return the handset.

The defendant said: "I don’t know, it was just tit-for-tat and stupidly I just kept hold of her phone and wouldn’t give it back."

01:08 PM

Mr Giggs did not notice Emma Greville

Mr Daw QC asked if Mr Giggs had noticed Emma Greville at any stage during the tangle for the phone.

"I didn’t, no," Mr Giggs answered.

The barrsiter asked: "Did you at any stage deliberately elbow Emma?"

"No," the defendant said.

01:01 PM

Kate Greville 'kicked Ryan Giggs six or seven times in the head'

Mr Giggs told the court he made a grab for Ms Greville's phone.

He said: "I was just frustrated because Kate wouldn’t give me my phone back so I tried to get Kate’s phone.

"As I went to grab the phone, I’m facing the cloakroom door, Kate has her back to the cloakroom door and I went to grab the phone, we both slipped on the bags and I fell on Kate into the cloakroom."

Asked if it was deliberate, Mr Giggs said: "No, we just totally lost balance because we slipped on the shopping bags.

"Kate ended up on her back, I was on top of her, rather than falling forward I went down... my head was on her waist.

"Then Kate just proceeded to kick me in the head."

Mr Daw QC said: "Did you push her?"

Mr Giggs added: "As soon as we were on the floor, I was getting kicked in the head, and I was just protecting my head.

"After about six or seven kicks to the head, I just got up and we went our separate ways."

12:50 PM

Mr Giggs 'distressed and frustrated' when he went to neighbour's

Mr Giggs continued: "They just weren’t leaving. Emma was upstairs. Kate was messing around the dog downstairs

"So I went to get my phone to call the police... just to maybe scare them into going and that I was prepared to ring the police, and just to make sure that I knew that I wanted them to go and I was serious.

"I couldn’t find my phone, so then I asked Kate have you got my phone, she replied 'no'.

"No, [I didn't believe her] because in my house, wherever I’d been up to then, I retraced my tracks and I couldn’t find it.

"I went over to my neighbour’s to ask for her assistance... after a few minutes of getting home, I just put my slippers on... because I wasn't going outside in my socks."

He went to his neighbour's house in a "distressed and frustrated" state because the "girls weren't leaving".

Mr Giggs added: "I think deep down I had no intention of calling the police, maybe it was just to scare the girls and just encourage them to leave the house."

He said his neighbour discouraged him from dialling 999.

12:41 PM

Mr Giggs returns home

Mr Giggs said: "I contemplated what should I do. I thought 'I'm not going to stay in a hotel room on my own', I just wanted to go home.

"I went downstairs, my car was at the hotel so I asked the concierge to get me a taxi, he said, 'no if you want I’ll give you a lift'."

He arrived home and began taking Mac's things out of his Mercedes.

Mr Giggs said: "Kate pulled me back into the house trying to stop me unloading the car... I quickly worked out that they were trying to take Mac."

Asked why he wouldn’t let the sisters take Mac, Mr Giggs answered: "Because he’s my dog.

"I asked Kate and Emma to leave, they were insisting on not leaving and weren’t going anywhere without Mac.

"I said, 'he’s my dog he’s staying here'.

"I said 'I want you to go you’re not taking Mac but I want you to get out'."

He then began taking bags to the bottom of the drive so that they could get a taxi because Mr Giggs objected to them leaving in the Mercedes, the jury was told.

12:31 PM

The argument on Nov 1

We now move to Nov 1, the night of the alleged headbutt.

The court was told of an argument at the Stock Exchange which involved Ms Greville showing Mr Giggs messages "in his face".

The first was a message from 2014, and Mr Giggs said: "That was a girl I used to work with why are you showing me a message of a girl I used to work with."

Asked if Ms Greville had accused him of infidelity a number of times, Mr Giggs said: "Yes."

Mr Daw QC said: "Were some of those accusations justified?"

"Yes," Mr Giggs said.

Mr Daw QC said: "On other occasions, did she accuse you where nothing had happened with the other person?"

"Yes," he said.

Mr Daw QC said: "This was in the latter category, in effect?"

"Yes," answered Mr Giggs.

"She then said, 'what have you got to say about this', and shoved another message in my face. It was a picture of a dress I’d bought a girl she previously accused me of being with... I just told her to go."

12:19 PM

Sex continued after contraceptive removed without Mr Giggs knowing, court told

Mr Daw QC said: "From this point onwards, up to Nov 1, did you continue to have unprotected sex?"

Mr Giggs answered: "We did, yes."

The court was then taken to an exchange of messages during which there was innuendo about having sex.

Mr Giggs told the court: "I got a flat tyre so I was going to jog home... We had sex that morning."

"Protected or unprotected," Mr Daw QC asked.

"Unprotected," Mr Giggs said. "We had sex also the previous evening."

Again, Mr Giggs said this was unprotected.

Mr Daw QC said: "And when that happened, did you know she had her contraceptive coil removed?"

"No, I didn't," Mr Giggs said.

12:15 PM

Ms Greville faked cancer to get coil removed, court told

Mr Giggs was asked about a time Kate Greville was "acting weird", he said: "I couldn’t really put my finger on it, she just wasn’t herself."

The court heard again the messages between the then-couple, in which she told Mr Giggs she had "cancerous cells" and needed to go to hospital to get them removed.

She was, in fact, going to the doctor to get her contraceptive coil removed.

Another message from Ms Greville to Mr Giggs read: "They couldn’t get it all in one go so need to go back on Tuesday."

Asked what the impact of those messages were on him, Mr Giggs said: "Um, well, I was just obviously worried that Kate was okay from the messages

"I think it’s self-explanatory that they didn’t totally get everything, so she had to go back."

12:07 PM

Mr Giggs helped Ms Greville's business, court heard

Kate Greville began her own PR firm during lockdown, which was mainly focussed on the hospitality sector.

Asked if this was the best time to do that, Mr Giggs answered: "No, probably not."

He added although he it was challenging: "I was very supportive, I knew it was something Kate had always wanted to do, go on her own, and as her boyfriend I was always supportive."

Mr Giggs introduced her to the Northcore Manor hotel and restaurant, which he described as: "It’s a top it’s where all the top chefs come from and the restaurant is famous for that."

Messages read out to court show that Kate Greville was given the contract for the hotel, and in a message to Mr Giggs said: "Got you to thank for that!"

He also told the jury that he played a role in introducing a number of clients to Ms Greville who she ended up representing.

12:02 PM

Court shown video of Mr Giggs and puppy

The jury saw a video of Mr Giggs sat with Mac the puppy on his lap.

He was playing with the dog by whistling and turning his head.

Asked about his relationship with the dog, he said: "I was his dad I picked him up and if anyone’s ever had a puppy it’s the most difficult time, but the best time is spending the first few weeks with them, getting up in the middle of the night, which I certainly did that a few times, but just connecting with the dog, Mac."

He went on to say both of his children "adored" the dog, and that his daughter changed her WhatsApp profile picture and her phone wallpaper to the puppy.

11:55 AM

Mac the puppy

The court heard how Mr Giggs and Ms Greville travelled to Perthshire to pick Mac, the dog.

Mr Giggs said: "We went up to see him in Scotland, myself and Kate, and at that time he was two weeks old he was in a litter of about seven or eight and he stood out because he was as different colour to the rest.

"Kate actually picked him because of that, we were in the front room in Scotland with the breeders.

"At that point we agreed to buy him, but he wasn’t ready... so I drove back in six weeks time to pick him up."

The agreement was that he would live at Mr Giggs's house, the court heard.

At the stage of coming to pick the dog up, Mr Giggs and Ms Greville had split up over the messages she had found on his phone.

He travelled up with his best friend and his son to pick the dog up.

11:50 AM

Ms Greville found 'flirtatious' messages on Mr Giggs' phone

We move to Aug 14, 2020, when Ms Greville looked through Mr Giggs’s phone and found messages he had been sending to other girls.

Mr Giggs said: "I think I went out with some friends and had a few too many to drink and was messaging a girl."

Asked if it was "in an entirely innocent way or element of flirtation", he answered: "There was flirtation."

The court heard Ms Greville emailed Mr Giggs saying: "F— you f— you and f— off you horrible man."

Mr Giggs added: "This was just after Kate had found some messages on my phone, screenshotted all the messages and then sent them to me.

"That night, when she found the messages, she screenshotted them, went home when I was asleep, and then sent me the screenshots on my phone.2

Asked how angry on a scale of one to 10 Ms Greville was at what she had found, Mr Giggs said: "10."

Mr Daw QC said: "How was she able to access your phone?"

"She must’ve known my pin," Mr Giggs said.

11:16 AM

'No excuse whatsoever' for emails to Ms Greville

Mr Giggs was taken through expletive-ridden emails he had sent to Ms Greville.

Asked about the language and content used by him in those messages, Mr Giggs said: "I can’t believe I would use that sort of language that I was supposedly in love with.

"[There is] No excuse whatsoever."

11:13 AM

Ryan Giggs called 'team meetings' over dishwasher loading

Mr Daw QC asked if there were any arguments during lockdown.

Mr Giggs answered: "Yeah - when you’re living on top of each other there was the odd bickering, but no big arguments."

He was reminded of a disagreement over the dishwasher.

Mr Giggs, at this point, laughed in the witness box.

He explained: "Well, we [me and Kate] would get up and make juices and then my daughter's boyfriend would get up and he would be cooking and the dishwasher - it would be three or four cycles a day.

"Sometimes the glasses were the wrong way round or the tablespoons were the wrong way round."

Mr Giggs told the court, gesturing turning glasses and spoons over, he would have to reload the dishwasher and put it on again.

He added: "So, I would call a team meeting, and I would say to everyone, not just Kate, 'can we please just put the tablespoons the right way round?'

"It wasn’t a big argument."

Mr Daw QC asked Mr Giggs: "Did you call it a team meeting?"

Again, Mr Giggs laughed in the witness box and said: "Well, yes, after a time, I was just like, 'that’s enough now. I’m sick of doing the dishwashers 24/7'."

11:05 AM

Lockdown was 'a happy time' for Mr Giggs

By March 2020, Mr Giggs and Ms Greville had decided to live together during lockdown.

Mr Giggs said: "We just decided my house had a garden, we could spend time together, which we more or less did anyway, Kate spent a lot of time at mine anyway.

"We looked at it as a great time to spend time together, the kids at this time were getting on great with Kate."

Throughout lockdown, Mr Giggs, Ms Greville, and the defendant's son, daughter and her boyfriend were living in the house.

Mr Giggs' ex-wife was living 200 yards away, and the children could "come and go as they pleased".

"The house that we were at, me and Stacey [ex-wife], when we were together - we built a house and it just so happened that the house I bought for my mum was the house I later moved into," Mr Giggs said.

"I think if we remember the weather was quite good so we were able to try and make the most of it, and we did that

"We exercised together, we went on walks together, we were cooking together we would start series together on Netflix.

"The history of my daughter, getting on fine with Kate.

"It was a really happy time from my perspective. "

11:01 AM

'We'd been drinking rosé more or less all day'

We move now to February 2020 and a lunch in Dubai.

Mr Giggs said: "It was outside, in the swimming pool area, we had a nice meal and a really good end to the holiday.

"It was on the way back to the hotel, we were both quite drunk, we’d been drinking rosé more or less all the way through the day and a slip of the tongue, I called Kate my ex-wife’s name.

"She wasn’t happy with the history that we’ve had - the breakup and my ex-wife wasn’t a fan of Kate, and I’d obviously had issues with the relationship between myself and my ex-wife, so she took it as a derogatory remark.

"But I didn’t mean it like that, it was just a slip of the tongue.

"By this time we were arguing and we were both drunk - in my view it was just a stupid argument.

"I can understand why she was upset, but it was just a slip of the tongue.

"She was packing her bags and packing the suitcase and she was ready to go.

"Then we were next to each other and I was saying, 'come on, we can resolve this issues', but she was insistent on leaving, so she left.

"I may have tried to stop her from leaving, but I can’t remember any physical interaction between me and Kate. Eventually she left.

"I got in the lift, ran down to reception thinking it was a couple of minutes after, but she’d already gone... I was in the flight on my own and I was devastated."

10:58 AM

Mr Giggs threw Louis Vuitton bag

Asked what happened next, Mr Giggs said: "Kate tried to get into my bed."

He said he didn't want to share a bed with her after the argument, and insisted she slept on the sofa in their suite.

Ms Greville accused Mr Giggs of throwing a bag containing a laptop at her head.

The defendant said: "There was a bag on the floor, a Louis Vuitton holdall, and I threw it in the general direction of the bed,  and said 'you can sleep in the suite'."

He denied that it was a deliberate throw.

Mr Giggs added: "I was trying to push her out into the lounge area, then quite quickly the argument fizzled out and we spent the night together in the same bed.

"We were both quite drunk, we fell asleep in the morning and in the morning we woke up and had sex.

"We more or less made up that evening, really."

10:51 AM

Ms Greville 'held hands' with male sports presenter

After "a long walk" to the club, Mr Giggs sat in a booth facing the dancefloor as the rest of the party of 20 trickled into the club.

Mr Giggs said: "Some people sat down, some people went straight to the dancefloor.

"I was sat down and I had clear view of Kate and one of the male sports presenters who was present, they were dancing together, holding hands, and looking into each others’ eyes.

"I couldn’t believe it, so I just said to my agent I’m going, and got the taxi back to the hotel.

"I was tired, I didn’t want to get into an argument, so I decided to get a taxi home.

"I got in bed and fell asleep.

"After a short time, or after an hour or so, the phone rang and the concierge said there was a young lady here asking to come up saying she's staying in your room, am I ok to let her in.

"I said of course.

"We had an argument, I said I couldn’t believe you were holding hands with the man, she denied it, I said Kate I could quite clearly see you.

"It was in front of my friends and colleagues and that’s why I left."

10:41 AM

Mr Giggs paired with 'attractive' female presenter for golf

We now move onto an incident at the Stafford hotel in London where Mr Giggs and Ms Greville attended a Christmas party for the defendant's agent.

He was drawn to play crazy golf with an "attractive sports presenter", Mr Giggs said.

The defendant arranged for the pairs to swap so that they could play as a couple, but when they went to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, Mr Giggs walked away to a nightclub after being accused of flirting with the female presenter.

He said: "She just accused me of flirting with the girl, which I wasn’t, we were at opposite ends of the table.

"She said, 'you were you were flirting I was watching you, you were definitely flirting'.

"It was drawing attention to the fact we were arguing and it was getting slightly embarrassing."

"I left. I walked to the club where we were going next."

10:28 AM

Bruises and cuts caused by intimacy

The court heard messages of a sexual nature between Kate Greville and Ryan Giggs.

The jury was shown a picture of Mr Giggs which he sent to Ms Greville with the caption "bully", which he told the court was a light-hearted joke.

Commenting on the image. Mr Giggs said: "Just because I was calling Kate a bully because I had a scratch on my neck from when we had sex."

And asked of the nature of their sex lives at that point, Mr Giggs said: "The nature was the same as it had always been... healthy sex life and sometimes it could get rough."

10:21 AM

Ryan Giggs has never read a psychology book

Ms Greville said that Mr Giggs's behaviour before their affair began reminded her of "mind games" she had read about in a psychology book called 'How To Win Friends And Influence People'.

Asked if he has "ever read that book or any other psychology book of any kind", Mr Giggs replied "no".

Mr Daw QC asked: "Do you have much time for that in your life?"

Mr Giggs answered: "No, I'm just into sports autobiographies."

10:17 AM

Ryan Giggs sent off once in 1,000 games, court told

Chris Daw QC continued to questioned his client.

He told the court: "You played over a 1,000 professional games over a 24-year period. How many times were you sent off?

"Once, for Wales," Mr Giggs answered.

"Was that for violent conduct or not?" asked Mr Daw QC

Mr Giggs answered: "No, it was two bookable offences."

Mr Daw QC asked: "Have you ever subject to being wound up and abuse by fans in the stands?"

Mr Giggs smiled, and said: "Every week, constantly."

Asked if the abuse was personal, Mr Giggs answered: "Yeah, that’s part and parcel of being a footballer."

"On any occasion did you react to that with violence," Mr Daw QC asked.

"No," the defendant answered.

09:59 AM

Ryan Giggs enters the witness box

With his hands clasped in front of him, Mr Giggs took a sip of water and exhaled as he waited for the judge to enter the courtroom.

He glanced up briefly to smile at the public gallery, before sitting down, rearranging his shirt, socks and cuffs.

09:55 AM

Today's paper coverage

09:45 AM

Mr Giggs arrives in court

Ryan Giggs arrived at court on Wednesday with a small entourage of just three people.

Judge Hilary Manley told him at the end of proceedings on Tuesday that given he was in the middle of giving evidence, he was not to talk to his lawyers beyond "small pleasantries".

Ryan Giggs 
Ryan Giggs

A bigger media scrum was outside Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

Usually, photographers have a clear view of Mr Giggs as he walks down the street towards the courthouse entrance.

But on Wednesday morning, a large lorry used for escorting prisoners on its way to the nearby magistrates' court obscured their view.

09:42 AM

What else happened in court on Tuesday?

  1. The court was told that the investigating officer in the case, Detective Sergeant Adam Agrebi, knew the "blackmail"” email was of Kate Greville dancing to Wham! for 18 months. But the Crown still implied in their opening statement to the jury that it could've been a sex video, the defence said. Chris Daw QC, for the defendant, said the prosecutor Peter Wright QC had no idea of the contents of that video when he opened the case.

  2. During the police investigation, Ms Greville suggested a police officer had leaked information to The Sun newspaper, the court heard.  She later told police - on Nov 10, 2020 - it was her sister Emma's ex-boyfriend who was selling stories. What she didn't tell police at that time was that she herself was in contact with The Sun to stage a fake photo, the court was told.

  3. It also emerged that an exchange of messages between Kate Greville and her friend Courtney Lang was not disclosed to the defence. Disclosure is meant to contain any evidence that may support the Crown's case, or any evidence that may assist the defence's case. In the WhatsApp messages, Ms Greville told a friend she’d had her contraceptive coil removed and that she was "sat here plotting my next move". Detective Constable Agrebi was asked if he missed the exchange, or if he saw it and decided not to disclose it. "I missed that message," he said. "Had I seen it, I would’ve scheduled it."

  4. We heard police statements from Mr Giggs, in which he said: "Kate is a strong character and there are examples of when she would endeavour to ‘control’ our relationship. As an example of this, there was an occasion in the past where Kate, as a result of jealousy regarding my contact with other females, ordered me to message certain women with whom she incorrectly accused me of having an affair. Kate dictated the contents of the messages that I had to send to them, and watched whilst I sent them. She had me ask that the women meet her so that they could clarify to her that nothing was going on. She had me provide her with screenshots of the conversation and show her the times that I received the replies so that she could check that I was not lying."

  5. He also said he felt "extremely distressed, hurt and emotional by the way this relationship is being painted to me", whilst denying ever being controlling, coercive or physical with Ms Greville.

09:29 AM

What else was revealed?

  1. Ms Greville moved to Abu Dhabi to pursue a work opportunity, the court was told, but Mr Giggs visited between 10 and 15 times during the 15 months she was in the Middle East. On one of those visits, there was an incident at the Westin hotel in Dubai where Ms Greville claims she was dragged out of the room naked.

  2. The court was told that at no stage did Mr Giggs throw Ms Greville into the corridor, nor did anything physical happen. He said: "I still maintained that I didn’t want her to sleep with me. There was a bed and a settee/couch in the living room area. I said, 'you’re not sleeping here [bed], you can sleep there [sofa]."

  3. Mr Giggs said he was not aware of any injuries Ms Greville had sustained that night, but she says she was left bruised after being dragged out of bed by her wrist.

  4. The court heard that a "lonely" Kate Greville returned to the UK to work for Mr Giggs and his business partner Mr Neville as head of PR on £100,000. The defendant said he thought Ms Greville was "amazing" at her job, and discussed with Mr Neville about getting her on board.

  5. In January 2019, Mr Giggs landed the Wales football manager’s role - something he described in court as his "dream job".  Ms Greville accused Mr Giggs of "giving her the cold shoulder" during that period.

  6. It was put to Mr Giggs that he was "relentlessly pursuing" Ms Greville after they had, on regular occasions, split up. Mr Giggs said: "Sometimes after breakups I would try to woo her back... She wanted me to fight for us. When we'd get back together she'd say, 'good job you fought for us'."

  7. The court also heard about the "blackmail" email, which contained a video and a message, saying Mr Giggs would send it to the work WhatsApp group if she didn't unblock him. Mr Daw QC asked: "What was your intent?" Mr Giggs said: "It was just a joke between me and Kate. It was just Kate dancing embarrassingly."

09:18 AM

What did Mr Giggs say in the witness box on Tuesday?

  1. Mr Giggs told the packed courtroom that his reputation as a "love cheat" was justified, as he had never managed to remain faithful to any woman he has been with.

  2. He said his life "changed" from 17 onwards when he started "getting noticed in the street and articles being written about me, whether it be about football or my personal life".

  3. The former footballer told the jury he was instantly attracted to Kate Greville, 36, who was appointed as his contact for a PR company dealing with his hospitality business venture with his former Manchester United teammate, Gary Neville.

  4. Mr Giggs and Ms Greville first slept together in a London hotel room during a work trip, the court was told, and at the time both were still married to other people. Ms Greville ended her marriage, but Mr Giggs remained living with his ex-wife and their children.

  5. Mr Giggs told the court: "I cheated on my ex-wife. It was a public affair. We got over that, things were good and it was a part of my life... I was just finishing football and was going into the coaching career. It meant longer hours, more time away, away from the family, away from the kids, I wasn't giving Stacey the attention she deserved so gradually we were getting more and more unhappy."

  6. Mr Giggs admitted he "wanted to have his cake and eat it" in terms of maintaining a family life and being with someone else.  Eventually, he moved out of the family home and in with his mother, before moving into a hotel.