Ryan Giggs trial day nine: Former player accused of creating ‘false narrative’

It was Ryan Giggs’ third day on the witness stand and, under intense questioning, these were the moments when the former was put manchester united player who had created a “false narrative” to cover up his alleged violent behavior.

It was also the day that Giggs admitted that some of his earlier evidence, from a prepared statement he had given to police, was not true.

Giggs had told police he was “pleased” they showed up the night he was accused of head-butting her. then girlfriend, Kate Greville, and assaulting her younger sister, Emma. His statement said that he himself wanted to call the police and that he thought that was the only way the argument would end.

Now, however, he accepted that he didn’t want the police involved, and in fact angrily berated Emma for calling 999.

Asked why he would provide a police statement that was partly untrue, the former Wales manager replied: “I don’t know.”

Giggs, 48, is accused of causing actual bodily harm to Kate Greville, a public relations executive, as well as assaulting Emma by elbowing her in the jaw. He faces a separate offense for using controlling and coercive behavior toward his partner in the three-year period prior to November 1, 2020, the night of the alleged violence.

He denies any offense and says he was attacked by Greville during an argument at his home in Greater Manchester after she decided to end the relationship.

In a series of dramatic exchanges, Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told the former footballer that he was trying to “create a narrative that did not adequately or fairly reflect what had happened… that sought to create the impression that you were the victim, not them… … that you were the ones who had been attacked, not them.”

Did the court hear the 999 call?

Giggs later described himself as “scared” that the police had been called, and when asked what he thought of the possible consequences, he replied, “I’m not too sure, but it didn’t look good.”

The transcript of Emma’s 999 call was read to the jury. Giggs could be heard in the background as he interrupted Emma by saying, “You caused this.”

Emma had told the 999 operator that Giggs had headbutted her sister and threatened to do the same to her.

Questioning Giggs, Wright asked, “Why didn’t you just say ‘That’s rubbish’ or ‘What are you talking about?'”

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Giggs leaves court earlier this week (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Giggs: “I don’t know.”

Wright persisted in this line of questioning, asking Giggs why he couldn’t be heard responding to Emma’s claims by claiming, as the former footballer now says, that it had been an accidental clash of heads.

Giggs: “I don’t know.”

Wright: “I’m going to suggest that she was telling the truth… What you did was try to turn the narrative into blaming Emma. Why do you accuse her?

Giggs: “I don’t know.”

What else did the court hear?

Wright went on to say that Giggs had used “emotional blackmail” to try to dissuade Emma from calling 999.

Giggs agreed that she had asked Emma to think about the effect on her daughter if the police were involved and the story got out in the media.

“You were trying to discourage her from coming forward and reporting more to the police and using her daughter as leverage,” Wright said.

The day before, the prosecution had asked Giggs if he accepted that his conduct toward Greville had caused him “serious harm or distress.”

Having said “yes” to that question, Giggs was asked by his quality control, Chris Daw, to clarify what he meant.

“That I had upset her about my infidelity,” Giggs said.

In another exchange with Daw, Giggs was reminded that he had agreed, under questioning the day before, to be “hot-headed.”

He was asked if he understood what the word meant, and to begin with, he said yes. When asked to explain it to the court, Giggs laughed and said he would rather Daw do it for him.

Asked again if he knew what the word meant, Giggs this time replied, “I’m not quite sure.”

What happens next?

The trial at Manchester Crown Court was originally scheduled for two weeks, but the jury has already been told it will move to a third week.

The prosecution and defense still have to deliver their closing remarks and then the judge will give instructions to the jury of seven women and five men.

The jury is expected to retire next Tuesday to consider a verdict.

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