Ryan Giggs was seen with a lingerie model just days before he was charged with coercive and controlling behaviour against his ex.
In pictures carried by The Sun, former Manchester United star Giggs can be seen with 33-year-old Zara Charles in Hale, Cheshire.
The Sun report that the snaps were taken days before his charge with Giggs also waiting to appear in court having been charged with assaulting two women, allegedly including his ex-girlfriend.
Giggs insists he is innocent and has stated that he has full respect for the due process of law, and will now work to clear his name by pleading not guilty.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: “We have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“A charge of assault by beating relating to a second woman has also been authorised.
“The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Giggs after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police.
“Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
Giggs will not take charge of Wales at this summer’s Euros with Robert Page instead leading the nation.
A statement from Giggs reads: "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.
"I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”
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