Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked, a court heard today.
Giggs, 47, is also accused of head-butting Kate Greville and controlling and coercive behaviour against her lasting more than three years.
He allegedly assaulted his former lover, 36, and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in, Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 last year.
Giggs is also charged with common assault by beating against Ms Grenville's sister Emma Greville during the same incident at his home.
Manchester Crown Court heard the alleged controlling or coercive behaviour took place between August 2017 and November 2020 the details of which were set out by prosecutor Tim Evans.
He told the court: 'The particulars of the charge between August 31, 2017, and November 2, 2020 at a time when you were personally connected to Kate Greville, engaged in behaviour towards her that was controlling or coercive which had a serious effect on Kate Greville namely that it caused her serious alarm or distress which had a substantial effect on Kate Greville's day-to-day activities. At a time when you knew, or would have known, that that behaviour, would have a serious effect on her.
'The particulars of the offence are: messaging her and or blocking her when she was on nights out with others, or she asked about your relationship with others; threatening to send e-mails to her friends and her employers about your sexual relationship and behaviour; throwing her belongings out of your house when she questioned you about relationships with other women.'
'At the Stafford Hotel in London, kicking her in the back, and then throwing her out of the hotel bedroom naked followed by throwing her bag at her when she accused you of flirting with other women; sending constant unwanted messages and making constant unwanted calls to her and her friends when she tried to break-off your relationship; after she had tried to break-off the relationship, regularly turning up unannounced and uninvited at her home, workplace and gym.'
Giggs, who denies all three charges, spoke only to confirm his name and enter not guilty pleas from the dock during the 33-minute hearing.
Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court this morning to face charges of assaulting 36-year-old ex at his home
Ryan Giggs, 47, leaves Manchester Crown Court this afternoon where he denied allegations he assaulted his ex girlfriend
He is accused of headbutting and controlling his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and has pleaded not guilty to all the charges
Today's hearing is a plea and case management listing with Giggs' trial scheduled to take place in January next year. Pictured: Giggs arriving at court with his legal team
The Wales manages denies assaulting his ex, Kate Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1. They are seen on holiday in Ravello, Italy, back in 2018
Lisa Roberts QC, defending, said: 'These are serous allegations each of which is challenged.'
The court also heard that there's an ongoing civil case involving ownership of the couple's dog.
At an earlier hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court, prosecutor Andrea Griffiths said the assault charge against Kate Greville was an alleged domestic assault involving a 'deliberate headbutt' aggravated by the fact Giigs was 'in drink'.
Giggs was charged with offences in April and he issued a statement at the time, saying: '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.'
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) later announced it had noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to charged Giggs and caretaker boss Robert Page would manage the country at this summer's European Championship finals.
Giggs was bailed and is due to appear at a pre-trial hearing on October 8.
His conditions of bail are that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are.
Greville seen walking her dog in November 2020. She was not in court, nor was her sister, who Giggs is also accused of attacking
Last week it was revealed Giggs had found love with lingerie model Zara Charles, 33, who has 'supported' him through the legal case
The Wales manager missed his country's recent Nations League fixtures, following his arrest late last year
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
He's due to stand trial on January 24, 2022.
Giggs met Ms Greville in 2013 after she helped promote his Hotel Football venue, launched with ex-United teammate Gary Neville.
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 had found love again 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.
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 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 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.