Ryan Giggs has admitted he tried to use his teenage daughter as “leverage” to stop police being called on the night he allegedly headbutted his ex-girlfriend.
However, the former Manchester United footballer denied using “emotional blackmail” after Kate Greville’s sister Emma called 999 on the evening of November 1, 2020.
Giggs is also accused of elbowing Emma and threatening to headbutt her.
Giving evidence for a third day at the assault trial, the former Wales boss said online stalking was “regular” in his relationship with Kate Greville and he believed it was his infidelity that had caused her “alarm and distress”.
Warning: Note the language
Gushing messages exchanged between Giggs and Ms Greville was also read out to the court, including a poem the ex-footballer wrote to his then-girlfriend, in which he said she makes him “feel hard as a totem pole”.
Read live updates from the trial as it happened
Giggs is on trial accused of using controlling and coercive behavior towards Greville, as well as assaulting her and her sister.
He denies the charges against him.
Jurors heard that during a 999 call, Emma Greville told Giggs: “I don’t care if your daughter is 17. I don’t care about your daughter.”
Prosecutor Peter Wright QC asked Giggs: “You applied here to dissuade her from making that complaint?”
“Yes,” he replied.
The prosecutor asked, “And you sought to use your daughter as leverage?”
“Yes,” said Giggs.
When asked why, the ex-footballer said: “I don’t know.”
Wright suggested that Giggs was “seeking to use emotional influence”.
“Emotional blackmail wasn’t it?” asked the prosecutor.
“No,” replied Giggs.
Responding to questions from defense barrister Chris Daw QC, Giggs said he was “scared” of the police being called and the charges against him.
Asked what he thought the potential consequences would be, Giggs said: “I’m not too sure. It didn’t look good.”
Giggs said a comment heard during the 999 call when he said “we want to be everywhere” referred to “newspapers and the media”.
Online stalking was “common” in the relationship, says Giggs
The court previously heard that Giggs sent a message to Greville saying: “I will pursue you like crazy.”
Giggs told the court online stalking was “common in our relationship”, adding: “It meant we checked each other out.”
The former footballer had previously admitted he had turned up unannounced at Greville’s home, workplace and gym following a breakdown in their on-off relationship.
Giving evidence on Thursday, Giggs said that every time he turned up unannounced, they had gotten back together.
When asked about Greville’s attitude to him turning up unannounced, Giggs said she was “glad I had fought for us and kept at it”.
The former Manchester United player also told the court that when he said in evidence that he had caused Greville “alarm and distress”, he was referring to his “infidelity”.
Poem written by Giggs for example read in court
After Giggs completed his evidence, messages exchanged between the ex-footballer and Greville in 2016 and 2017 were read out to the court.
They included a poem he wrote to his then-girlfriend in which he said she makes him “feel hard as a totem pole”.
The court heard that in August 2017, Greville sent a message to Giggs saying: “You make my heart flutter because you’re a maniac.
“Every day you make me proud, not only because you are well equipped.”
The following day, Giggs wrote: “My dear Kate, unequivocally our love was fated,
“I fell in love with you at first sight, I remember because I was tall as a dragon,
“The beautiful eyes made me tremble,
“I won’t lie I think about you, I dream about you,
“Can’t help but think pulling you was my best move ever,
“That belly, those bellies, those pictures you send so I can follow along.”
Giggs continued: “You make me feel funny down there, especially when you’re there and you look up and stare.
“I’m starting to think you’re always right, it’s ok, it’ll keep us tight,
“I will end by saying you are my love my friend and my soul,
“And most of all, you believe in me, which makes me feel hard as a totem pole.”
In other messages, Giggs told Greville he loved her “more than all my Premier League appearances, which is a lot”, and called her “stunningly beautiful”.
The trial at Manchester Crown Court was adjourned until Friday.