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Giggs’ ex tells jury turbulent relationship affected her career

Continuing to give explosive evidence, the ex-partner of Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has accused him of undermining her career during a rocky relationship.

August 11, 2022
By Kim Pilling and Katie Dickinson
11 August 2022

The ex-girlfriend of Ryan Giggs has told a jury her relationship with the former Manchester United footballer had a negative impact on her career.

PR executive Kate Greville, 36, said Giggs undermined her career ambitions on numerous occasions as she took to the witness box on Thursday to continue giving evidence in the trial of the former Welsh international at Manchester Crown Court.

Ryan Giggs arrives at court in Manchester. (PA Video)

Giggs, 48, 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 younger sister.

Chris Daw, QC, representing Giggs, told the witness one of the various issues she raised against her former partner was that he negatively impacted her career.

Ms Greville said: “Yes.”

By the summer of 2019, she agreed she was looking to leave her then-employer GG Hospitality – run by Giggs and former teammate Gary Neville – and set up her own business.

In June 2019, Ms Greville messaged Giggs: “I need to talk about the start of my business. Not now but when we are together. I need some help with accounts … need your help and advice.”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video
Ryan Giggs watching ex-girlfriend Kate Greville giving evidence on police video. (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

Giggs replied: “I will sort everything baby xx.”

Mr Daw said to Ms Greville: “The position is you have suggested that Mr Giggs has been undermining your career ambitions on numerous occasions.”

Ms Greville replied: “Yes. Not all the time but there was a vast amount of time when he was.

“When I originally said I was going to leave GG he didn’t want me to leave at all. That was a conversation. He told me in the office he didn’t want me to leave.”

The jury has heard how Ms Greville agreed to come back from the Middle East to live in Manchester and work for the hospitality company on a “six-figure” salary.

Ryan Giggs
Giggs denies a range of abuse charges. (PA)

Earlier this week, Ms Greville told a jury Giggs grabbed her by the shoulders and headbutted her in November 2020 after she confronted him about his serial cheating.

In the lead-up to the alleged attack, she said she learned Giggs had “full-on relationships” with eight women while they were together.

The discovery of messages “going back years” on Giggs’ iPad prompted her to decide to leave him, she said.

Ms Greville has told the jury she became “a slave to his every need and every demand.

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