Ryan Giggs will not be facing a second trial in court for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, after seeing his charges dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is officially free from the crosshairs of the law.
Giggs was accused of molesting his former partner Kate Greville.
However, reports from UK today revealed that the ex-footballer will not face a second trial following the sexual assault charges.
Revealed: Why Ryan Giggs will not be tried for a second time as domestic assault charges have been withdrawn
The former Manchester United ace was accused of assaulting his 36-year-old former girlfriend Kate Greville, at his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
Kate Greville is understood to have met Giggs when she was working on PR for his Hotel Football business venture, opposite Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
Giggs was also charged with attacking her sister Emma Greville on the same date and controlling or coercive behaviour against Kate over a three-year period.
The Irish Sun reports that the Crown Prosecution Service today revealed it had abandoned the charges ahead of Giggs’ retrial slated to begin in the coming weeks.
Prosecutor Peter Wright KC told Manchester Crown Court they were formally offering no evidence, after the alleged victim, Kate, “indicated an unwillingness” to give evidence in a re-trial as giving evidence in the first trial had “taken its toll” on her and her sister Emma.
“This is not a decision taken lightly,” Mr Wright told the court.
Wright further explained there was no realistic prospect of a conviction on the count of coercive control, telling the court it was no longer in the public interest to proceed to prosecute on the other charges of assault.
Judge Hilary Manley then told the court: “I formally enter not guilty verdicts in respect of those counts.”
What next for Ryan Giggs?
Speaking after the decision on Tuesday, Giggs’ lawyer said he was “deeply relieved” after “fighting throughout” for three years to clear his name.
Chris Daw KC was quoted to have said: “Mr Giggs is deeply relieved the prosecution has finally come to an end after almost three years in which he’s been fighting throughout to clear his name.
“He will now seek to rebuild his life as an innocent man.”
In the wake of the allegations last year Giggs resigned from his role as manager of the Wales international team.
The ex-footballer, who won 64 caps for his country, had been on leave from his post since November 2020.
Giggs is famous for his trophy-laden career with Manchester United, with whom he won an impressive 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
Ryan Giggs is also a co-owner of English League Two club Salford City.