Ryan Giggs has told a court that his “love cheat” label is “justified” and that he was unfaithful in any of his previous relationships, but insisted he has never physically assaulted a woman.
Giving evidence at his assault trial, the former Manchester United footballer admitted he had a “reputation for infidelity” and had “quite a public affair” with his ex-wife, Stacey.
But the 48-year-old said he had never controlled or coerced a woman, as the jury heard he hoped his relationship with Kate Greville would not end after he allegedly hit her on the head.
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Giggs is on trial, accused of using controlling and coercive behavior towards Greville, as well as assaulting her and her sister Emma.
He denies the charges against him.
The former Wales manager took to the witness stand for the first time at his trial on Tuesday, agreeing with defense counsel’s remarks that he was known for his ability as a footballer but also for his “reputation for infidelity”.
Chris Daw QC, representing Giggs, said the papers would call the ex-footballer a “love cheat” and asked if that was “justified”.
“Yes,” replied Giggs.
“Flirt by Nature”
The lawyer asked, “Have you managed to be faithful to any of the women in the course of your relations with women, up to and including Greville?”
“No,” Giggs said.
Mr Daw asked: “If an attractive woman has shown you interest regardless of your marital status, are you able to resist?”
“No,” replied Giggs.
He also agreed that he was a “flirter by nature”.
But when asked if he had ever physically attacked a woman, Giggs said: “Never.”
Giggs told the court that his relationship with Greville began while he was married to his ex-wife Stacey, and that he previously cheated on her in a “quite public affair”.
He said he broke up with his wife after she confronted him about an article linking him to Mrs Greville and that he initially lived with his mother.
The Dubai hotel incident
Giggs was asked about an incident in Dubai in 2017, when Greville alleged he dragged her naked body across the floor of his hotel room before throwing her belongings into a corridor.
He told the court he had “stormed off” after a row at a nightclub and he and Greville continued to argue in the hotel.
The former winger denied there was “any physical element to the argument” and said he did not want Greville to stay at the hotel and began packing her bags.
“She had a lot of friends in Dubai,” he told the jury.
He denied throwing Greville out of the room while she was unclothed and said he told her to sleep on the couch.
However, Giggs said that after they calmed down, they had sex and spent the night together in the same bed.
He told the jury: “We had sex that we wanted quite often which could get quite rough but nothing weird but just rough.”
Mr Daw asked: “Was that kind of sexual activity something you two engaged in regularly?”
Giggs replied: “Yes.”
Giggs’ police statement
Earlier, the court heard about Giggs’ police questioning after he was arrested for the alleged assaults on Greville and her sister Emma on November 1, 2020.
In a written statement to police, which was read to the court, Giggs said there had been an “argument” between him and Greville over a mobile phone and he was “attacked”.
“At this stage I feel very emotional about the incident,” Giggs told police.
“I accept that she punched me in the face during the fight and caused my lip and inner mouth to bleed.
“I may have grabbed her and her sister during the altercation, but at no point was there any attempt to harm either of them.”
Giggs said his head “collided” with his then-girlfriend’s but it was “not intentional”.
“I’m sorry this argument got so out of hand,” he added.
“I sincerely hope that this is not the end of our relationship and that we can talk through this.
“At no time did I intentionally hurt her or want to hurt her.”
The trial at Manchester Crown Court was adjourned until Wednesday, when Giggs is expected to continue giving evidence.