Ryan Giggs trial: Ex-footballer says 'love cheat' reputation is justified as he has never been faithful
Day 2 - Mr Giggs 'had eight affairs behind Kate Greville's back'
Day 3 - What Ms Greville decided after reading psychology book
Day 5 - Moment 999 operator realises Mr Giggs is headbutt suspect
Day 6 - Sister claims Mr Giggs threatened to headbutt her next
Ryan Giggs admitted he was a love cheat and that he had been unfaithful to every woman he had ever been with as he gave evidence on the seventh day of his trial.
For six-and-a-half days, the Manchester United great has sat in the dock listening intently to all the evidence being presented by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Then, at 2.36pm today, his barrister Chris Daw QC told the judge: “I’d like to call, with your permission, your Honour, Ryan Joseph Giggs”.
The first question was about Mr Giggs's reputation as a "love cheat"- and the 48-year-old told the packed courtroom that the label was justified because he had never managed to remain faithful to any woman.
Mr Giggs told Manchester Crown Court his life “changed” from 17 onwards when he started “getting noticed in the street”.
As his career developed, he told the jury he started getting more attention from women and the court heard how he "enthusiastically embraced" this on Saturday nights out in Manchester.
Mr Giggs told the jury he was instantly attracted to Ms Greville, 36, who was appointed as his contact for a PR company that was dealing with his hospitality business venture with former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville.
Mr Daw QC said: "She was describing you ‘looking at you and using her name’ - the implication being you were trying to use some mind tricks is the gist. Is that true?"
Mr Giggs responded: "It’s true. I was staring at her and I call everyone by their first name.”
They first slept together in a London hotel room during a work trip, the court was told, and at the time both were still married to other people.
Ms Greville ended her marriage, but Mr Giggs remained living with his now ex-wife and their children.
Mr Giggs 'wanted to have his cake and eat it'
Mr Giggs admitted he "wanted to have his cake and eat it" in terms of maintaining a family life and being with someone else and eventually he left the family home and moved in with his mother, then lived in a hotel.
Ms Greville moved to Abu Dhabi to pursue a work opportunity in 2016, the court was told, but Mr Giggs visited between 10 and 15 times during the 15 months she was there.
At one stage, Mr Giggs interrupted the proceedings and asked Judge Hilary Manley: “Can I have a drink, Your Honour?"
"Of course," was the answer.
After a sip of water, he continued, and his barrister moved on to an incident at the Westin hotel in Dubai where Ms Greville claims she was dragged out of the room naked, causing bruising to her wrist.
Mr Giggs told the court at no stage did he throw Ms Greville into the corridor, nor did anything physical happen, and that he made her sleep on the sofa of their suite.
Asked how the night ended, Mr Giggs said: "After we both calmed down, we ended up spending the night together. We had sex that night."
'We had rough sex - but nothing weird'
Asked to describe their intimacy, he added: "Well, we had sex that we would quite often have, which could get rough, but not anything weird, just rough sex."
Something, he said, they engaged in regularly and mutually.
The court heard how at the beginning of 2018, a "lonely" Kate Greville returned to the UK to work for Mr Giggs and his business partner Mr Neville as an “amazing” head of PR on £100,000.
Asked if there had been any other women in his life during the time Ms Greville was in the Middle East, Mr Giggs said: “Yes”.
In January 2019, Mr Giggs landed the Wales football manager’s role - something he described as his “dream job” having been born in Cardiff and represented the country.
Ms Greville accused Mr Giggs of “giving her the cold shoulder” during that period, but he said it was a “huge job” and he “wanted to be the best manager I could be so I watched as many players as I could”.
The court also heard about the "blackmail" email, which contained a video and a message saying Mr Giggs would send the video to the work WhatsApp group if she didn't unblock him.
Mr Giggs said: "It was just a joke between me and Kate.
'Blackmail' video was just a silly dance to Wham!
"It was just Kate dancing embarrassingly - her nature - just acting silly at a Christmas party.”
The court was told that the investigating officer in the case, Detective Sergeant Adam Agrebi, had known the “blackmail” email was of Kate Greville dancing to Wham! for 18 months.
Mr Daw QC, for the defendant, said the prosecutor Peter Wright QC had no idea of the content of that video when he opened the case, and implied it could have been a sexual clip.
The court also heard how Mr Giggs told police that Ms Greville, through jealousy, had dictated messages for him to send to women that she thought he was having an affair with and made him arrange for her to meet the women so that they could clarify to that nothing had been going on.
The ex-Wales manager is on trial at Manchester Crown Court accused of assaulting Ms Greville and subjecting her to controlling and coercive behaviour from August 2017 to November 2020.
He denies the allegations. The trial continues.
That's it for day seven. Join us on Wednesday morning at 10am when Ryan Giggs will return to the witness box to give evidence.
Ryan Giggs' third police statement, in full
In addition to my earlier statement and now that I have heard some of the above detailed allegations I would wish to add the following.
The way the relationship is being described is very different to the one I understood it to be. Whilst I accept it was not perfect it was mainly one of love and affection.
It has been suggested that these incidents happen when I am the worse for drink and when in fact most of the incidents occur following Kate having too much to drink. She becomes entirely jealous when she’s drunk and admits to goading me for a reaction. Despite this I certainly would not react with violence.
Despite allegations of violence I often walk away from incidents as has been expressed by her at the Stafford Hotel.
It has been suggested that all these arguments are me being defensive to an allegation of me having affairs. This again is not the case. Arguments would occur for all sorts of reasons including me suggesting that she is flirting with other males.
As I say, I do not recognise the allegations that have been put to me. Up until the most recent incident we were planning to live together, had bought two dogs and, at her suggestion, I thought, planning for a future. *
I feel extremely distress, hurt and emotional by the way this relationship is being painted to me.
Ryan Giggs' second police statement, in full
I, Ryan Giggs, [DOB], understand that I am to be further voluntarily interviewed solely in respect of an allegation of controlling and coercive behaviour alleged to have occurred towards my then partner Kate Greville.
I understand I am to be asked about a number of incidents.
An incident that allegedly occurred in Dubai in 2016 where I allegedly “kicked” Kate out of a hotel room and dragged her outside naked.
An incident that allegedly occurred in May 2019 where it is alleged I attended her home address and broke a lampshade.
An incident that allegedly took place at the Stafford Hotel in December 2019 where I am alleged to have thrown a laptop bag at Kates's face, causing bruising.
An incident where I am alleged to have threatened to disclose intimate footage/photographs of Kate and/or I.
An alleged incident in Feb 2020 in Dubai
I would not accept that my behaviour towards my former partner has been in any way controlling or coercive, nor that I have done any of the acts in the manner or circumstances described, and certainly not amounting to any assault or criminal damage against her.
In addition, I do not recall ever having made any threat towards Kate regarding disclosing intimate photos and would never do so. I would be terrified of the publicity that would be generated from such an act and in particular, that this would be focused against me. Kate knows how I feel regarding the press and negative publicity and so even if it had been said in jest or drink, it would be preposterous to think that Kate would think that I was genuine.
Kate is a strong character and there are examples of when she would endeavour to ‘control’ our relationship. As an example of this, there was an occasion in the past where Kate, as a result of jealousy regarding my contact with other females, ordered me to message certain women with whom she incorrectly accused me of having an affair. Kate dictated the contents of the messages that I had to send to them, and watched whilst I sent them. She had me ask that the women meet her so that they could clarify to her that nothing was going on. She had me provide her with screenshots of the conversation and show her the times that I received the replies so that she could check that I was not lying.
In the main, we had a wonderful relationship but, we would of course argue as per the norm in any long-term relationship, Neither of us had any more control over the other.
I would not say that I am the more controlling, and in fact we saw our relationship as equal and she would often describe ourselves as a "team".
Kate insisted as a condition of our relationship continuing, that she was provided with a passcode for my electronic devices, specifically my iPad. She since that time, reviewed years’ worth of messages and emails and would question me on messages I had sent 3 -4 years ago. I do not have the same access to her devices or accounts.
I can confirm that the contents of this statement are true to the best of my knowledge recollection and belief.
Ryan Giggs' first police statement, in full
I am Ryan Joseph Giggs [DOB]
I have been arrested for alleged offences of S47 assault and common assault. At this stage I feel very emotional about the incident and wish to make a pre-prepared statement in regard to what happened last night, Nov 1.
It is correct that unfortunately Kate and I got into an argument which resulted in us having a tussle over my telephone which she had taken.
I accept that during the tangle we had she caught me on the face causing bleeding to my lip and inner mouth.
I may have caught and her sister during the scuffle, but at no time was there ever any intent to harm either of them.
My phone had been taken by Kate. I asked both of them to leave my house by taxi as Kate had been drinking and Emma was not insured to drive my car.
Unfortunately, they still refused to go.
To try to diffuse any further physical confrontation I went to my next-door neighbour to ask her to ring the police.
Unfortunately, she would not. I now had no option but to go to my home to again demand my phone back so I could ring the police. They were refusing to leave and I did not know what else to do. I wanted them to leave the house but they would not.
As I didn’t have my phone I went to the utility room to get hers.
At this point, she gave me my phone and rather foolishly I decided to keep hers. We had been in an argument all night and I accept that I should not have done this but I was emotional, angry and upset.
I was then going to ring the police to ask them to attend to remove Kate as she still would not go.
At that point, she again grabbed me by the hand and a scuffle broke out. My hand was grabbed and I was still bleeding from the first incident. Her sister was standing in close proximity.
I accept that during this scuffle my head clashed with her. I am not sure if it was her face or her head. What I am sure of is that it was not deliberate. I did not consciously try to hit Kate at any time.
On both occasions, I was attacked. I had asked them to leave but they wouldn’t.
I did not deliberately intend to harm either of them but in the tussle, I was cut and it would appear that both sisters were also hurt.
I regret that this argument got so out of hand.
Kate and I had had a great week together and I was so looking forward to our night at Stock Exchange and the use of the hotel.
We have been together for over four years and, like most couples, we have our ups and downs. Mainly ups.
I sincerely hope this isn't the end of our relationship and that we can talk this through. The last thing I would ever want to do is harm her emotionally or physically and although whilst the tussle did get out of hand, at no point did I deliberately harm or want to harm her.
After the clash of heads, I could see she was hurt and crying. I then left her with her sister and went to the front drive to await the police.
The police drove by not knowing what house it was.
At that point, I went to the house to tell Emma and then the police arrived.
I was pleased as this argument had been going on for over an hour and, as I thought at the beginning, [the polcie arriving] was the only way this argument would end.
The 'blackmail' email
Mr Giggs was asked if he would ever share an intimate video of himself and Ms Greville, to which he said he would not.
The court heard about the "blackmail" email, which contained a video and a message saying Mr Giggs would send the video to the work WhatsApp group if she didn't unblock him.
Mr Daw QC asked: "What was your intent?"
Mr Giggs said: "It was just a joke between me and Kate.
"It was just Kate dancing embarrassingly - her nature - just acting silly at a Christmas party.
"It was from a work event when she lived in Abu Dhabi."
Asked if it had intended to be "unpleasant and threatening", Mr Giggs replied: "No, it was a joke."
'I always got the impression that I had to fight for the relationship'
We now come onto 2019.
Mr Giggs said: "Broke up after an argument. We were going through a difficult patch but I believed we still wanted to be together."
It was put to Mr Giggs that he was "relentlessly pursuing" Ms Greville after they had, on regular occasions, split up.
Mr Giggs said: "Sometimes after breakups I would try to woo her back. Send her flowers sometimes. Message her.
"She wanted me to fight for us.
"When we'd get back together she'd say, 'good job you fought for us,' and then she would go into more detail, 'I loved the flowers', but I always got the impression that I had to fight for the relationship.
"We’d laugh about how immature we’d been [when we got back together].
"She wanted us to fight for us and she wanted me to try and woo her back."
Blocking was immature, Mr Giggs admits
Mr Giggs was shown a series of messages that culminated in him blocking his then-girlfriend Ms Greville.
Asked what he thought about it, and why he did it, he said: "Like I say, it was a cycle we’d developed early in our relationship, sometimes it would be jokey, sometimes not, sometimes serious, and as you say, it was immature."
'I thought she was being unreasonable'
Asked what happened next, Mr Giggs said: "I was just looking at my phone.
"I got upset, and I thought she was being unreasonable and I got out the chair and left.
"I just through Kate was being unreasonable, I was trying to sort treatment out for my daughter and she was more worried about people looking at us and me being on my phone.
"I went back to the hotel, got a taxi back to the hotel."
Asked what happened later, Mr Giggs said: "We just made up."
"Was there any more to it than that?" asked Mr Daw QC.
"No," answered Mr Giggs.
Ms Greville became 'agitated' at Mr Giggs messaging injured daughter
Mr Giggs is now asked about an incident in February 2018, an argument at the LPM restaurant in Dubai.
This was during a holiday and the defendant told the court: "Kate would choose where we ate in Dubai - she'd promoted a lot of them.
"It was a restaurant she really wanted to go to and we ended up going for a meal that night.
"We sat down, we ordered the starters and I then received a message off my daughter - she had hurt her knee playing netball."
He said this caused Ms Greville to get "agitated".
He added: "I just let Kate know that it was I was messaging my daughter, I’m trying to sort some physio out, trying to get hold of a doctor to sort it out."
Asked if having explained to Ms Greville the situation she then "calmed down", Mr Giggs said: "No. She still wasn’t happy."
'Wales manager was dream job - I wanted to do it properly'
Mr Daw QC asked Mr Giggs: "You're aware of the suggestion that you were less engaged with her and giving her the cold shoulder when she returned to the UK. What do you think happened?"
Mr Giggs said: "I don’t believe it to be true.
"I had an interview for the manager of Wales job and I interviewed in January, which I then got.
"So after the assistant manager job at Manchester United and a of couple of years off, I ultimately wanted to get back into football and in my opinion it was my dream job.
"It was my dream job, so I wanted to do it properly.
"So I was going to watch players play or having staff meetings, and they were quite regular."
Mr Giggs said this was a completely different time of his life for the previous two years where he was not involved in football.
He said: "It was demands on my time, but also pressure, it was a huge job, I put pressure on myself.
"I wanted to be the best manager I could be so I watched as many players as I could who I'd be picked for the next squad.
"Calling and meeting staff and players so that when that game came I was ready."
Kate Greville returns to UK on £100k to work for Mr Giggs
At the beginning of 2018, the court heard how a "lonely" Kate Greville returned to the UK to work for Mr Giggs and his business partner Gary Neville as head of PR on £100,000.
She had been in the Middle East for 15 months. Asked if there had been any other women in his life during that time, Mr Giggs said there had been and that he had not been open about it with Ms Greville.
He added: "I thought she was amazing at her job.
"Myself and Gary had worked with her before she went to Abu Dhabi and it was one of the reasons, we knew what she was capable of.
"It felt right, it was an opportunity for her to come back.
"Me and Kate were going out with each other and she knew about the various businesses and where we wanted to take the company.
"I had discussions with Gary about Kate coming back and working for the company."
'Not anything weird, but just rough sex'
The court was told at no stage did he throw Ms Greville into the corridor, and asked how the night ended, Mr Giggs said: "After we both calmed down, we ended up spending the night together.
"We had sex that night."
Asked to describe their intimacy, he added: "Well, we had sex that we would sex quite often which could get rough, but not anything weird, but just rough sex."
He said it was something they engaged in regularly, and it was initiated mutually, "especially after not seeing each other for the long time - we would message each other about what we wanted".
Mr Giggs said he wasn't aware of any injuries Ms Greville had sustained that night.
Mr Giggs told Ms Greville to sleep on the sofa, court hears
Asked if it got physical at any stage, the defendant said: "No."
Mr Giggs continued: "I said that I didn’t want her to stay at the hotel
"I said 'find somewhere else to stay, you’re not song with me tonight', and I started packing her suitcase.
"Kate was trying to stop me form putting clothes and various other things in the bag.
"I didn’t manage to shut it, but I managed to get it to he front food, but with most of her clothes in.
"It was about half outside [the front door]."
He told the court again nothing physical had happened.
Mr Giggs continued: "We just carried on arguing, Kate managed to get the suitcase back into the room.
"I still maintained that I didn’t want her to sleep with me. There was a bed and a settee/couch in the living room area.
"I said, 'you’re not sleeping here [bed], you can sleep there [sofa]."
The Dubai hotel argument
We now move onto the incident in the Westin hotel in September 2017, where Kate Greville claims she was dragged out of the room naked.
It succeeded an argument about Mr Giggs being on his phone messaging his teenage daughter.
Mr Giggs said: "I got irritated. She was making it quite obvious, peering over my shoulder.
"She made a reference to love hearts
"It felt like she didn’t believe it was my daughter I was messaging.
"I stormed off back to the room
"She came back into the room, we started arguing and I said 'you’re accusing me of messaging someone when its my daughter'.
"She didn’t like that and we just got into an argument about it."
'Can I have a drink, your Honour?' 'Of course'
The court heard how Mr Giggs had links to an academy in Vietnam and was playing futsal in India.
He would use that as an opportunity to stop of on the way out or on the way back in Dubai.
This happened around 10 to 15 times during the time Ms Greville was in the Middle East.
In September 2017, Mr Giggs said: "There was a Futsal tournament in India, the final happened to be in Dubai, I played the early rounds in India, then played the semi finals and finals in Dubai.
"We were delighted because it was a chance again to see Kate.
"We sort-of synced diaries so we could socialise together it was quite difficult because some meetings were in Abu Dhabi."
That evening, when they were staying in the Westin hotel when an argument occurred.
At that stage, Mr Giggs stopped and asked Judge Hilary Manley: Can I have a drink, your Honour?"
"Of course," was the answer.
After a sip of water, he continued, where he discussed the issue around speed of response to messages.
He said: "I think early on it was sort-of as a joke, it was something that we did.
"Then if one of us had been irritated by the other, we would take it a little bit differently.
"It became a patterns of 'you must be busy, no time to speak to me'.
"It just became a pattern."
Mr Giggs wanted to have his cake and eat it, court told
By now, Kate Greville had left her ex-husband.
Mr Giggs discussed his failing marriage.
He told the court: "I cheated on my ex-wife. It was a public affair. We got over that, things were good and it was a part of my life... I was just finishing football and was going into the coaching career.
It meant longer hours, more time away, away from the family, away from the kids, I wasn't giving Stacey the attention she deserved so gradually we were getting more and more unhappy
"And together with Kate it became more and more difficult."
Mr Giggs admitted he "wanted to have his cake and eat it" in terms of maintaining a family life and being with someone else.
Eventually, he moved out of the family home and moved in with his mother, then a hotel.
"It was challenging," he said.
"Kate I think at that time, Kate was planning on moving away and had an opportunity to go to Abu Dhabi to work."
'We had sex and stayed the night'
Mr Giggs talked about the first time he and Kate Greville had sex.
He said: "This interview came up that we would do a photoshoot, and we would stay the night before and do the interview the next day
"And we discussed those things.
"We were discussing how we could be together alone. There was innuendo about what was going to happen, but nothing was made solid.
"We were going to spend the night together for the first time."
Asked about who made the arrangements, Mr Giggs said: "I think Kate had sourced the hotel and then it was really a joint thing.
"I think I sorted the train tickets out, Kate booked the hotel room and we travelled to London together.
"We got to the hotel early evening. I think the manager came down and said, 'do you want to go and look at the room?'.
"The room was really small, I said we can’t stay in there.
"They said, 'we have this available,' it was a bigger room and we agreed that this was a nice room.
"We dropped out bags off and went to the roof terrace, where they had a bar."
Asked if this was the firs time they had been sexually intimate together, Mr Giggs said it was.
"We went back to the room. We had sex and stayed the night," he said.
'I just thought she looked hot'
Asked if he started flirting with Ms Greville, Mr Giggs said: "I wouldn’t have said the first couple of times, but after that I started flirting with her."
Mr Daw QC said: "She was describing you ‘looking at you and using her name’ - the implication being you were trying to use some mind tricks is the gist. Is that true?"
Mr Giggs responded: "It’s true. I was staring at her and I call everyone by their first name.
"I would try to get her attention and look at her."
The court heard how the relationship developed to a stage whereby they would exchange pictures.
Mr Giggs said: "I’d perhaps send pictures of where I am, where I was travelling. And one partially time I seem to remember her sending me a picture of her abs.
"She was in good shape.
"It was a gym kit with a crop top and I’d never seen her body before so that was the first time I knew she had abs, and was in good shape
"I just thought she looked hot."
'I thought she was an attractive and an intelligent woman'
Mr Giggs told the jury that he first met Kate Greville in 2013 or 2014 when she was appointed as a contact for a PR company for his and Gary Neville's company.
He said: "I thought she was an attractive and an intelligent woman.
"Right form the beginning, we seemed to get on straight away."
Mr Giggs 'embraced enthusiastically' the attention he got
The court heard how Sir Alex Ferguson came to watch Mr Giggs play when he was at Manchester City.
He then crossed to the red side of the city.
As his career developed, he told the jury he got more attention from women.
The court heard how he "enthusiastically embracing" this, and Mr Giggs added: "Yeah, I mean, my primary concern was focussed on my football, but I still had my friends from school, and on a Saturday night in Manchester and still socialise."
'You have a reputation for infidelity, haven't you?
Chris Daw QC (CD), for the defence, questioned the defendant Ryan Giggs (RG).
CD: You are known for two things - first your ability and career and as a footballer.
CD: And you're known for something else. You have a reputation for infidelity, haven't you?
CD: You're known in news articles as a love cheat. Is that reputation justified?
CD: In the course of your relationship with women, have you managed to be faithful to any of them?
CD: If an attractive woman shows interest in you, regardless of your marital status, are you able to resist?
CD: Are you a flirt by nature?
CD: Have you lied to your ex-wife and other partners?
RG: I have, yes
CD: More than once?
RG: Yes... Many times
CD: Have you ever physically assaulted a woman.
CD: Either on Nov 1, 2020 or on any other occasion?
RG: I haven’t, no
CD: Did you make Kate Greville a slave to your every need and demand, as she said?
Mr Giggs called as a witness
Ryan Giggs has been called as a witness.
He told the jury that he has never managed to stay faithful to any woman he has ever been with.
He said his reputation as a "love cheat" was justified.
Break for lunch
We'll be back at 2.30pm.
Police officer missed messages about coil
It also emerged that the following exchange, between Kate Greville and her friend Courtney Lang, was not disclosed to the defence.
Disclosure is meant to contain any evidence that may support the Crown's case, or any evidence that may assist the defence's case.
Kate Greville: Coil is out
Courtney Lang: Did it hurt?
Kate Greville: No, it was actually fine. Sat here plotting my next move [laughing emoji]
Detective Constable Agrebi was asked if he missed the exchange, or if he saw it and decided not to disclose it.
"I missed that message," he said. "Had I seen it, I would’ve scheduled it."
Lawyers interject over 'blackmail' email
The police officer said he let the Crown Prosecution Service know.
But Mr Daw QC said: "You were aware during her police interview she implied that it may have been a sex video."
Detective Constable Agrebi agreed.
He was also in court for the Crown's opening, and Peter Wright QC made reference to the same point.
At that point Mr Wright QC stood up and said the jury and the press may not understand the context of what is being discussed.
At which point Mr Daw QC said: "You are quite right. There is absolutely no suggestion that Mr Wright was aware of the nature of the video."
He followed it up by asking: "Do you agree that the opening speech to this jury could’ve left the jury with the impression that it was a sex video."
The police officer agreed.
Officer knew 'blackmail' video was dancing for 18 months
We move now onto the "blackmail" email.
Mr Daw QC said: When you made your statement in this case, did you ever describe what was on the video?"
The Detective Constable said he "didn’t believe so".
"But you knew what it was, didn’t you?" asked Mr Daw QC.
"Just think about it carefully," Mr Daw QC said.
"You’ve only made a statement about it being dancing to Christmas songs in the last few days. But all the time, I suggest, you did."
Detective Constable Agrebi said: "I became of the contents of that video file when the complainant brought her laptop brought her laptop into the police station in February 2021."
Mr Daw QC interjected: "So 18 months before this trial started, you were aware it was a Christmas video. And the first time you put it into statement was last week."
Police internal review over leaks 'from officers to The Sun'
During the police investigation, Ms Greville was suggesting that a police officer may have leaked information to The Sun newspaper, the court heard.
She told officers: "Nobody else had access to the information had access to what appeared in the newspaper."
As a result, an investigation was launched into potential police leaks to the tabloid.
This involved a police officer going through the files of the case and noting which police officers had viewed them, where and when.
Later, Ms Greville contacted police to say she had discovered the leaker was her sister Emma's ex-boyfriend.
This was on Nov 10.
But what she didn't tell police, it emerged, was that she herself was in contact with The Sun via an intermediary to set up a photoshoot."
The police officer agreed that Greater Manchester Police had not been informed.
Mr Daw QC added: "With the exact same paper that she had complained about police leaks."
Data on Mr Giggs' phone 'biggest ever seen' by officer
The court heard how Mr Giggs handed over his phone "voluntarily" along with his pin number.
It was an "open book" for the police, the court was told.
The officer said that having reviewed it, the data on the iPhone 11 was the "biggest" cache he'd "ever seen".
The phone lost in the river looking for the dog
Chris Daw QC (CD) is cross-examining Detective Constable Adam Agrebi.
Mr Daw QC asked: "Having requested access to Kate Greville's phone - you were told she had lost phone in a river looking for the dog?"
The police officer agreed, and said it "hadn't really" raised any eyebrows.
"Then Ms Greville had the misfortune - and no dispute about this one - had the misfortune of having a phone stolen," Mr Daw QC said.
The court was reminded that Ms Greville refused access to her iCloud because she was afraid that it would be used to undermine her as a witness by the defence.
Mr Daw QC added: "In the end I think in September in 2021 you still hadn’t gained any access to her phone, 10 months into the investigation, and the case is making its way through the courts, and heading towards a trial that was meant to be starting in January at that time."
Mr Giggs had 'spent a night in the cells'
The court was told that the first police interview with Mr Giggs was at 12.09pm on Nov 2, 2020.
Mr Daw QC said: "At the time of that interview, he [Mr Giggs] had been in custody... to coin a phrase, he had spent a night in the cells."
After a short break, Detective Constable Adam Agrebi is back in the witness box.
He will be cross-examined by Chris Daw QC for the defence.
Kate Greville had 'panic attack' in taxi over broken phone
Ms Hamm recalled there being "constant communication on WhatsApp every five minutes" between Ms Greville and Mr Giggs for the first three days of their holiday.
"It was mutual," she added. "It was continuous. Roughly every 10 minutes to every five minutes."
Ms Hamm was asked what would happen if she did not "reply immediately", and said: "If we were in mid-conversation or for instance not by her phone, she would return the text message after that - 10 mins, a short while.
"So when she didn’t respond, she would come back to a message to say ‘where's the response’ or something of that manner."
Ms Hamm added: "On the fourth day her phone broke. I think it was to do with connection, she could not turn it on.
"We were on a taxi journey... and she had a panic attack in the taxi. She said it was because Ryan could not get hold of her.
"And she didn’t know what to do, she was panicked because of the situation."
'Quite a horrible argument'
We now move to an incident in February 2020 in Dubai.
Mr Giggs had already left when Louisa Hamm, a friend of Ms Greville, joined her in the Middle East.
"I noticed bruising on her lower arm," Ms Hamm said about Ms Greville.
"Kate mentioned before she arrived she got in an argument with Ryan, quite a horrible argument.
"During the argument she had been grabbed by Ryan, resulting in the bruise."
Mr Giggs: 'Most incidents were following Kate having too much to drink'
Mr Giggs addressed the allegation that arguments between him and Ms Greville became worse after he had too much to drink.
"Most of the incidents were following Kate having too much to drink," he said.
The statement went on to say that Ms Greville admitted to having flirted with other men to get a reaction from Mr Giggs.
"Despite this I certainly wouldn't not react to it," he said. "Despite allegations of violence, I often walk away from incidents... I do not recognise the allegations being put to me."
He said they had bought two dogs and were planning to move house.
Mr Giggs said Ms Greville tried to 'control our relationship' on occasions
Mr Giggs said he was "proud" of Kate Greville's success and that she retained her independence throughout the relationship.
His statement to police said there were occasions when Ms Greville had tried to "control our relationship", including one incident when she was jealous of his "contact with other females".
Mr Giggs said: "She ordered me to message certain women with whom she incorrectly accused me of having an affair.
"She dictated the content of the messages and watched me while I sent them."
He described the relationship as mainly "wonderful", adding: "We would, of course, argue, but neither of us had any more control over the other."
'I will not accept that my behaviour has been in any way controlling'
The court heard Mr Giggs was interviewed by police again in December 2020 in relation to an allegation of coercive and controlling behaviour after officers obtained more alleged details from Kate Greville.
In a prepared defence statement given to police and read in court by prosecutor Peter Wright QC, Mr Giggs said: "I will not accept that my behaviour towards my former partner has been in any way controlling or coercive, nor that I have done any of the incidents in the manner described."
In response to an allegation he had threatened to release intimate photos of Ms Greville and/or himself, Mr Giggs said he "didn't recall" making the threat and would "never" have released such material.
"I would be terrified of the publicity that would be generated," he said. "Kate knows how I feel regarding the press and negative publicity."
The statement said that even if a threat had been made "in jest or in drink", it would be "preposterous" for Ms Greville to believe it would be carried out.
Mr Giggs: 'I regret that this argument got so out of hand'
The court has heard a statement which Mr Giggs prepared in the hours after his arrest. It was read to police officers on Nov 2, 2020.
"It is correct that unfortunately Kate and I got into an argument which resulted in us having a tussle over my phone which she had taken," he said.
"I accept during the tussle she caught me in the face, causing bleeding to the lip and inner mouth.
"I may have caught her and her sister during the scuffle but at no time was there any attempt to harm either of them."
He added: "I would agree that both sisters were hurt... I regret that this argument got so out of hand.
"Kate and I had had a great week together and I was looking forward to our night at the Stock Exchange and the use of the hotel.
"We have been together for over four years and like many couples have our ups and downs, mostly ups. I sincerely hope this is not the end of our relationship.
"The last thing I would want to is to harm her physically and emotionally."
Police officer in the witness box
Detective Constable Adam Agrebi, the investigating officer in the case, is in the witness box.
He interviewed Ryan Giggs after his arrest on Nov 2, just after midday.
Details of Mr Giggs's arrest
Peter Wright QC is taking the jury through some agreed facts as we await the next witness - the investigating officer in the case.
"Mr Giggs was escorted to a police vehicle, you saw that material on the bodycam footage," he said.
"The defendant was transported to Pendleton Police Station, where his detention was authorised.
"An iPhone 11 was seized and later he was transferred to Swinton Police Station where he was detained and interviewed under caution.
"During the interview, Detective Constable Adam Agrebi was handed a handwritten prepared statement by Mr Lewis solicitor for the defendant."
First witness interrupted by announcement
Well, that was short-lived.
After being asked just one question about Kate Greville, a loud announcement was heard on the link.
Judge Hilary Manley immediately said it was not suitable, adding: "I'm probably showing my age, but that's a tannoy.
"We'll probably have to think again."
The line was then severed.
First witness of the day to appear via link
We will hear first from a witness via link in London, who is sat in an office in a courtroom in the capital.
She is Louisa Hamm.
Ryan Giggs in the dock
The ex-footballer, wearing a dark suit, is awaiting the jury.
Ryan Giggs arrives
Ryan Giggs arrives at court alongside his legal team.
An angle to show you what he’s faced with every morning, now on day seven.
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Emma Greville claimed Ryan Giggs placed his hands on the shoulders of her sister, Kate Greville, 38, during an argument and headbutted her in the lip "with lots of force".
She claimed that Mr Giggs threatened to headbutt her next during the argument. "At that moment he put both hands on Kate's shoulders, and with lots of force used his head to headbutt her in her lip. He told me it was my fault he had headbutted Kate. And turned to me and said 'I’ll headbutt you next'," she told the jury.
Mr Giggs is accused of deliberately elbowing Emma Greville in the face as the couple tussled over a phone, but the defence pointed out on Monday that she told the jury it was with his right arm, but that in her initial statement to police she said it was the ex-footballer’s left elbow.
It emerged that Emma Greville’s former boyfriend was selling stories to a tabloid newspaper, and tipped them off so quickly about an argument between Kate Greville and Mr Giggs on Nov 1 that a photographer arrived before the police.
The court heard from Linda Chung, Mr Giggs’s neighbour for 21 years. She spoke about the incident when Mr Giggs knocked on her door in tears asking her to call the police. "He said Kate had accused him, and my initial response to that was, 'oh Ryan, not that again', as a result of the accusation of him seeing other girls," she claimed.
Mrs Chung was asked if she saw anything else after the police had left, and added: "The two sisters and the boy that came, probably after 1am, were screaming, shouting, laughing, running up and down the main drive and my husband - who was recovering from cancer - was getting very agitated by it.... The mood was high jinks, that’s how I would describe it."