Ryan Giggs trial: ‘Suffering’ footballer went in slippers to the neighbor for help the night he ‘headed’ his ex, the court hears |  UK News

Ryan Giggs trial: ‘Suffering’ footballer went in slippers to the neighbor for help the night he ‘headed’ his ex, the court hears | UK News

“Desperate” Ryan Giggs had “tears in his eyes” when he knocked on his neighbour’s door wearing his slippers on the night he allegedly headbutted his ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.

Linda Chung said the former Manchester United star told her to call the police when he turned up at her property on November 1, 2020, and when he revealed Kate Greville had accused him of cheating, she told him: “Oh Ryan, not this again. “

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.

Read live updates from the trial as it happened

Chung – who described Giggs as a “friend” as well as a neighbor – said she heard “loud knocking” on her door the night the alleged abuses were made.

She told the jury that Giggs called for help and “was saying that Kate had accused him of seeing other women and that he wanted me to go and sort her out”.

Ms Chung said her first remark to him was “‘Oh Ryan, not this again'”, in response to the cheating allegations.

She then told the footballer: “I can’t help because I don’t know what has happened”, the court heard.

Mrs Chung said Giggs asked her: “Can you call the police? She has my phone. She doesn’t want to leave.”

The neighbor told the court she refused to call the police and instead offered to let Giggs use her phone, but he looked at her and “didn’t say anything”.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of controlling and coercive behavior towards ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Picture date: Monday 15 August 2022.

Mrs Chung added that Giggs “looked distressed” so she offered to let him into her property or suggested he lock himself in one of his bedrooms.

“I could feel my pulse pounding,” she said.

“What can I do to help him without fueling the situation?”

Giggs then walked away from Mrs Chung’s property towards his house, the court heard.

In a statement to police, which was read out to the court, Chung said Giggs had “tears in his eyes” during the conversation.

She told the court: “He was at my door almost crying.

“He never went out with his slippers on.

“I thought it must be urgent. He has come out of the house in the rain in his slippers.”

Earlier, Emma Greville claimed that Giggs threatened to headbutt her after he elbowed her in the jaw and attacked her older sister Kate.

Ryan Giggs is on trial accused of assaulting and controlling Kate Greville (pictured)
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Kate Greville

Giving evidence behind a screen in court, Greville said she heard “shouting, arguing and arguing around” from another room in Giggs’ property when she spotted the footballer lying on top of his sister and trying to take her phone.

“I could tell by the looks on her face that she was in pain,” Greville said.

“Kate said ‘get him off me’ so I put both my arms around his waist and as Kate used her legs to push him off I pulled.

“When I pulled him up, he was standing upright in the doorway. He turned to the right and his elbow touched my jaw and as a result I let go. Not in a gentle way, it was a ‘get off me’ way.”

Greville said she saw Kate in the kitchen as her sister tried to retrieve her phone from Giggs’ back pocket.

She told the court: “I said to Ryan ‘just give her phone back and we’ll go’.”

“I also said to him ‘I saw you on top of her, grab her phone so I know you have her phone.’

“He called me ‘a liar’. Kate told Ryan ‘Look, I’ve got proof’.

“He had gone from irritated to extremely angry.

“He put both of his hands on Kate’s shoulders and with great force used his head to hit her on the lip.

“She fell to the ground screaming and covered her face.

“Afterwards he told me it was my fault he had headbutted Kate and turned to me and said ‘I’m going to headbutt you next’.

“I felt fear because he had hit Kate in the head, so why wouldn’t he do the same to me.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court in Manchester, Britain, August 15, 2022 REUTERS/Peter Powell

Meanwhile, Kate Greville’s boss told the court her company had to block Giggs’ “intense” emails.

Giving evidence via a video link from Dubai, Elsa Roodt said her PR business had “no other option” but to take the action because Greville “couldn’t do his job”.

Roodt told the court she asked Greville about bruises on her arm in Dubai in 2017 and she said it was from “rough sex”.

The witness also described seeing Greville with bruises on her arm after an incident in February 2020.

Roodt said: “She said that Ryan had been physical with her the night before in the hotel room.”

The court heard that Greville is currently the managing partner of the UK arm of Roodt’s business.

The trial at Manchester Crown Court was adjourned until Tuesday.

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