COVID lockdown with Giggs was hell, ex tells court


Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend said living with him during the first Covid lockdown was “utter hell”, a court has heard.

The former Manchester United star and Wales manager, 48, is accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour and assaulting Kate Greville.

Mr Giggs is charged with causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville.

He denies all charges.

The pair moved in together after he asked her to live with him in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

Ms Greville said she did not choose to live elsewhere because she “wanted to stay with Ryan… because we had just started the relationship again”.

The court heard that during lockdown the couple did online family quizzes, Zoom wine tastings and had Michelin-starred chefs bring in food.

But Ms Greville said there were arguments, including about a dishwasher.

“He was making me feel like I was stupid, the way I was loading it. I had to do it exactly the way he wanted to do it.”

Chris Daw QC, defending Mr Giggs, said: “You suggest in your various accounts that lockdown was a period of living hell.”

Ms Greville replied: “I felt like I was losing my mind. I was having panic attacks. It was a horrific time.”

The court previously heard that Mr Giggs had “deliberately headbutted” his ex-girlfriend and his private life involved a “litany of abuse, both physical and psychological”.

The court heard on 16 November, 2020, four days before she was interviewed by police about her allegations, an article appeared in The Sun.

There was a photo of her walking her dog and the words, “Living hell: Ryan Giggs’s ex spotted with a bruised lip in first outing since Wales manager’s assault arrest”.