Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs appeared in court today charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour.
The Wales manager, 47, was seen arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court wearing a black suit, white shirt and a dark blue tie, surrounded by a large security escort.
Giggs is accused of causing actual bodily harm to his ex-girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, 36, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1.
He has also been charged with the common assault of a woman in her 20s – understood to be Ms Greville’s younger sister – during the same alleged incident.
There was no sign of either woman at today’s hearing.
Giggs faces an additional charge of engaging in coercive or controlling behaviour against Ms Greville in their relationship between December 2017 and November 2020.
Ryan Giggs, 47, was seen arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court wearing a black suit, white shirt and a dark blue tie, surrounded by a large security escort
The Wales manager (seen outside court today) has said he will deny all the charges against him
He arrived at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today for his first court appearance in the case.
Last week it was revealed Giggs had found love with a lingerie model who has ‘supported’ him through the charges.
The 47-year-old was photographed holding hands with Zara Charles, 33, in Hale, Cheshire, during an afternoon walk.
Giggs has been released on bail ahead of the court appearance. The star denies all claims made against him.
He last when the charges were announced: ‘I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations.
‘I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.’
Police were called to Giggs’ address at 10.05pm on November 1 to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her 30s was treated for injuries at the scene.
The former footballer was arrested and later bailed pending further inquiries.
Giggs met Kate in 2013 after she helped promote his Hotel Football venue, launched with ex-United teammate Gary Neville.
Giggs and Kate Greville pictured together on holiday in Ravello, Italy, back in 2018
The PR executive walked with a friend and her Labrador, Mac, two weeks after the ‘disturbance,’ at the home she shared with the ex-footballer in Worsley, Salford
The Wales manager was photographed holding hands with Zara Charles (pictured), 33, in Hale, Cheshire, during an afternoon walk last week
Giggs went public with the relationship with Ms Greville in 2018 after whisking her away for a holiday in Italy, eight months after his divorce.
He divorced his wife Stacey in December 2017 and they finalised a £40million settlement after he cheated on her with model and Big Brother star Imogen Thomas during their 10-year marriage.
Giggs has missed Wales’ recent Nations League fixtures, following his arrest late last year.
In April 2018 Ms Greville was appointed head of PR and communications for GG Hospitality, the hospitality management firm co-owned by Giggs and former United team-mate Gary Neville.
She was involved in the launch of their Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre before she took up a new PR consultancy post last July with a former employer.
Giggs’ ex-girlfriend Kate Greville was spotted walking in the days after the alleged assault with a bruised lip (circled)
The Wales manager has missed his country’s recent Nations League fixtures, following his arrest late last year
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced caretaker boss Robert Page will manage the country at this summer’s European Championship finals.
Giggs won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.
Giggs initially stood down from managing the Welsh national team following his arrest in November.
The Welsh FA then announced caretaker boss Robert Page would continue to manage the side at this summer’s European Championship finals.
The former winger won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups