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Giggs’ ex-girlfriend’s employer tried to block his ‘intense’ emails, court told

Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend’s employer tried to block her ‘intense’ emails because they ‘interfered with her work’, a court has heard.

Elsa Roodt said Q Communications had “no choice” but to try to block Giggs’ emails because her partner Kate Greville “couldn’t do her job”.

As the second week of the former Manchester United footballer’s trial began, jurors at Manchester Crown Court heard testimony from Ms Roodt, who appeared on a video link from Dubai.

Ms Roodt said she set up the public relations company Q Communications in Dubai with Ms Greville’s university friend Katie Harvey around 2010, and employed Ms Greville to help set up their office in Abu Dhabi in 2016.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs denies the charges. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

“At some point early in his employment, we had to call our ISP to block Ryan Giggs’ emails,” she told the court.

“It was intense and Kate couldn’t do her job. It was interfering with his work and we had no choice but to try and block his email.

Ms Roodt said when she started working for the company Ms Greville was “very bubbly, very happy”, but described a noticeable difference in herself over time.

She told the court that at one point Ms Greville ‘started to get very distracted’ and seemed ‘much more worried’, preoccupied with answering her phone and ‘being available at all times’.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC asked Ms Roodt to have seen Ms Greville the day after an incident with Giggs at the Westin Hotel in 2017.

She said Ms Greville had bruises on her arm and ‘cried’ and told him the couple had an argument in the hotel room.

“I asked her how she got the bruise and she said after the fight they ended up having pretty rough sex and the bruising was the cause,” Ms Roodt said.

The witness also described seeing Ms Greville with bruising on her arm after an incident in February 2020.

Ms Roodt said: ‘She said Ryan had physical contact with her the night before in the hotel room.

The court heard that Ms Greville is currently the managing partner of the UK branch of Ms Roodt’s firm.

Giggs (48) denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Ms Greville, assaulting her, causing her actual bodily harm and the simple assault of her younger sister.