The ex-girlfriend of former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has told a court she has become “a slave to his every need and demand”.
Kate Greville told a Manchester Crown Court jury on Wednesday that when Giggs told her to do something, she would do it.
The public relations officer told Chris Daw QC, defending, during cross-examination: “He made me feel that I had to do what he said or there were consequences.”
Giggs, 48, denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020, assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm and the simple assault of her younger sister, Emma.
The court heard that Ms Greville had given a statement the day before the trial began in which she said she had felt like “a slave” to the defendant.
She said, “That’s how I felt. When Ryan said do something, I would do it.”
Ms Greville agreed that she had given a number of witness statements to police following the alleged November 2020 assault, including two last week.
Mr Daw asked: ‘During these statements, did you tell the police the whole truth?’
She replied: “100%”.
Mr Daw said: ‘Have you ever lied to the police about anything?
Ms. Greville replied, “No.”
The lawyer continued: “Have you ever lied to anyone else – your family and friends – in relation to this matter?”
She repeated, “No.
Mr Daw said: ‘It’s your position, isn’t it, that in fact he almost manipulated you into getting into a relationship in the first place – some degree of mind games?’
Ms Greville said: “I was in a vulnerable position and he played on it.”
Mr Daw said: ‘It wasn’t just two consenting adults, both also married at the time, who got into an affair?
The witness answered: “There was a certain imbalance on my side because of the situation in which I found myself with my ex-husband.
She told the court that Giggs’ alleged controlling behavior also affected his friendships and “he isolated me from certain people.”
She added that it “also interfered with my ability to interact with my family.”
Ms Greville told the court that Giggs’ violence was “not regular” and that he would use aggression more as a form of control.
Mr Daw asked: ‘Are you saying he undermined your confidence, your self-esteem and generally disparaged you in those ways?
She said: “Yes, on the whole he was, but on the other side it was like two extremes. Other times he gave me confidence.
“He wasn’t constantly awful, not constantly awful. He was hot and cold. Two different people. The result of his behavior…sapped my self-confidence.”
In May 2019, Ms Greville messaged Giggs, saying, “I love everything you do for me.”
The ex-footballer replied: “For example?”
Ms Greville posted: “When you pick me up. All the support. The convos. Everything.”
Mr. Daw asked him, “Was that the truth?”
She told the court: “We were in a really good place at the time. We had just gotten back together.”
Mr. Daw said, “Not a slave here?”
“No,” replied the witness.
Ms Greville said she was ‘really into psychology’ and during the relationship she Googled what was going on in her relationship.
“What came out was not coercion, there was narcissistic personality disorder,” she told the court. “And what I was going through was very similar to that.”
She told the court her relationship with Giggs began in 2013 when she was in a ‘controlling marriage’ and noticed the football star was interested in her.
But she said she was vulnerable and he used “techniques” to lure her out.
She told the jury, “There were things about him that definitely attracted me to a relationship.”
Mr Daw said: “The truth is it’s complete fiction that Ryan was using psychological techniques on your vulnerabilities. It’s just rubbish.”
Ms Greville replied: “Absolutely not. I felt like he was using techniques. I was vulnerable, that’s a fact. I was in a controlling relationship. That’s a fact.”
She said it “felt like an escape” when Giggs showed her attention while she was very low, adding: “When someone looks like your knight in shining armor – ‘oh my God, that man was going to be my soul mate “- it takes more than.”
Mr Daw asked: ‘Does Ryan’s public profile or wealth have anything to do with your interest in him?’
She replied: “It wasn’t the money side that was appealing. If anything, him being a footballer, that put me off.”
Mr Daw asked the witness if she “intends to ask for a large sum of compensation when this is over?”
Ms Greville replied: “Absolutely not.”
She said the couple had sex for the first time in December 2014 at a business event at a hotel in London and that she left her husband the following February.
On Tuesday, Ms Greville told a jury that Giggs grabbed her by the shoulders and headbutted her in November 2020 after confronting him earlier about his serial cheating.
She said that before the alleged assault she learned he had had “full relationships” with eight women while they were together.
The discovery of messages “dating back years” on the former Wales international’s iPad prompted her to decide to leave him, she said.