Wales football manager Ryan Giggs has been charged with coercive control and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville.
The Manchester United legend, 47, was held after police were called to his $3 million mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchest on November 3.
He was quizzed at a police station before being released on bail pending further enquiries.
But Giggs was charged today with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Ms Greville, a PR executive, The Sun reports.
He faces an additional charge of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs has also been charged with a second count of assault against another woman aged in her 20s following the alleged bust-up at his home.
He has been released on bail to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28.
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.”
Common assault carries a maximum sentence of six months and/or a fine of up to $8950.
But the more serious charge of coercive control could see him locked up for up to five years if guilty and receive an unlimited fine.
The law was introduced in 2015 to address “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship which causes someone to fear that violence will be used against them”.
Following the row, Ms Greville packed her bags and fled to a secret rural location with the couple’s labrador, Mac.
She was seen walking the dog with a bruised lip after the alleged incident.
Giggs stepped aside as Wales manager for three games after his arrest, with the charges threatening to throw his international career into jeopardy.
The ex-footballer is due to lead his country at this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, with Wales’ first game against Switzerland set to take place on June 12.
Giggs had been dating Ms Greville on and off since 2017 after they first met when she started doing the PR for Hotel Football in 2013.
He went public with the relationship when he was pictured with her holidaying in Italy in August of 2018.
It was eight months after his divorce from wife Stacey, who he had been cheating on for eight years with brother Rhodri’s wife Natasha.
The affair led to the breakdown of his brother’s marriage. Earlier this month, Rhodri claimed Giggs still hadn’t apologised.
At the same time, Giggs had a six-month fling with Big Brother star Imogen Thomas, which Natasha claimed made her reveal her affair with her brother-in-law.
The multi-millionaire spent $269,000 getting a High Court injunction against Imogen but his attempt to silence her fell apart after a sustained Twitter campaign that resulted in an MP naming him in parliament.
Giggs won the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times in a glittering career before becoming Wales manager in January of 2018 on a four-year contract.
This story first appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.