Ryan Giggs sobbed in the witness box as he continued giving evidence (Picture: PA)
Ryan Giggs broke down in tears today as he told jurors spending a night in the cells following his arrest on suspicion of headbutting his ex-girlfriend was ‘the worst experience of my life’.
The former Manchester United star returned to the witness box to continue defending himself against claims he assaulted Kate Greville, 38, and her 26-year-old sister Emma.
It is said to have taken place in the midst of an argument at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
Last week, Ms Greville told Manchester Crown Court Giggs grabbed her by the shoulders and head-butted her after she confronted him about his serial cheating.
In the lead up to the alleged attack, she said she learned he had ‘full-on relationships’ with eight women while they were together.
The PR executive also claims she became ‘a slave to his every need and every demand’.
Wearing a grey suit, Giggs, 48, told the court he was taken to Pendleton police station after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his ex-partner on November 1.
Asked by his barrister Chris Daw QC how he engaged with the police when they arrived at his home, Giggs said: ‘Just answered their questions.’
On his emotional state at the time, he said: ‘I was scared. I’d never been in that position before, so scared.’
Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)
Giggs confirmed he was arrested, taken to the police station and spent the night in a cell.
He then started crying as he said it was the ‘worst experience of my life’.
Giggs told the court he got ‘hardly any’ sleep that night and spoke to a solicitor for the first time the next day.
The former winger told jurors the argument that night started at the Stock Exchange Hotel after Ms Greville said a man had asked her out the previous week.
He said it escalated before he left the table and went to his hotel room, shortly followed by Ms Greville.
He told jurors: ‘Kate confronted me, shoved her phone in my face and says, “Who’s this?” She had an email with a girl’s name at the top.’
Giggs said the email was from 2014 and it was a woman he used to work with. He agreed that Ms Greville had accused him of infidelity on ‘many occasions’.
Court artist sketch of Giggs watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video (Picture: PA)
Asked if ‘some of these occasions were justified’, he said: ‘Yes.’
Mr Daw said: ‘On other occasions did she accuse you of things where nothing had happened?’ Giggs replied: ‘Yes.’
Speaking of the hotel incident, Mr Daw said: ‘Was this one in the latter category?’
Giggs said: ‘Yes.’
He said Ms Greville showed him a picture of a dress he bought for a girl she had previously accused him of ‘being with’, and he asked her to leave, which she did.
The former footballer denied being ‘aggressive’ and said he did not know where Ms Greville was going.
Giggs said the concierge at the hotel gave him a lift back to his house and when he got there, he saw that their dog Mac’s cage was in the boot of his other car, a Mercedes.
He told jurors he took the cage out of the car, as well as some of the dog’s blankets and toys, but nothing that was not dog related.
Giggs said he then started moving some of Ms Greville’s bags and taking them to the end of the drive.
He returned inside and tried to grab Ms Greville’s phone from her hand as she stood in the hallway, he said.
Giggs said: ‘I was frustrated that Kate would not give me my phone back, so I tried to get her phone. As I went to grab the phone, I’m facing the cloakroom door and Kate has her back to that door.
‘We both slipped on the bags, and I fell on Kate into the cloakroom.’
Mr Daw asked: ‘Was that deliberate on your part?’
Giggs said: ‘No, we just totally lost balance because we slipped on the shopping bags. My head was around her waist height. Then Kate just proceeded to kicking me in the head.’
Mr Daw asked: ‘Did you do anything physical?’
Giggs replied: ‘No, as soon as we were on the floor, I was just protecting my head. After these six, seven kicks to the head, I just got up and we went our separate ways.’
Giggs said he did not see Emma Greville when the struggle took place.
Mr Daw asked: ‘Did you deliberately elbow Emma?’, and Giggs replied: ‘No.’
Giggs is on trial accused of assault and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend (Picture: EPA)
The former footballer said he later found his phone on a windowsill near the front door.
Mr Daw asked: ‘Were they (the sisters) showing signs they were willing to leave?’ Giggs replied: ‘Not really, no. Mac was still running about.’
He said he later discovered Kate Greville’s phone in the utility room and put it in his trouser pocket, adding: ‘It was tit for tat. If she was going to take my phone, I was going to take her phone.’
He said he moved to the kitchen where Ms Greville could see her phone was in his pocket.
Giggs said: ‘She said she wanted her phone back and I said I was not giving it back. Stupidly I kept on to her phone. Then Kate sort of grabbed my wrist while my hand was in my pocket and led me to the fridge.’
Giggs told the court: ‘I was not resisting. We went all around the kitchen island.’
Mr Daw asked: ‘How far did the two of you get around the island?’
Giggs replied: ‘All the way round up to the dining room table and chairs. Kate had then stopped because her back was against the chair and table. The tugging just got a little bit more aggressive… we were facing each other; it was sort of tug-of-war and we then clashed heads.
‘It happened really quickly. I felt my lips against hers.’
He said of her reaction: ‘I could see quite clearly, she had been hurt. She just fell backwards, more towards the table.’
Mr Daw asked: ‘Who was becoming more aggressive?’
Giggs said: ‘Kate got more aggressive because she was not getting any joy from getting my wrist from my pocket.’
Giggs said he was ‘confused and scared’ after hearing of the allegations (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Mr Daw asked: ‘Did she (Kate Greville) say anything at that point?’
Giggs said: ‘No.’
Mr Daw said: ‘Did she say anything after that to say what had happened?’
Giggs replied: ‘She accused me of hitting her in the face. She accused me of headbutting her.’
Mr Daw asked: ‘Did you at any stage put your hands on Kate’s shoulders and forcefully and deliberately headbutt her in the face?’
Giggs said: ‘No, I did not.’ Mr Daw said: ‘Would you ever do such a thing?’ Giggs repeated: ‘No.’
Emma Greville then dialled 999, the court heard.
Mr Daw asked Giggs how he felt about the implications of being accused in this way.
Giggs said: ‘Confused, scared. Because it now looked like a situation that was completely different. I was scared.’
He denies using controlling and coercive behaviour against Ms Greville between August 2017 and November 2020, assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm, and the common assault of her sister.
The trial continues.