Mason Greenwood, a forward for Manchester United, showed up in court today facing charges of attempted rape, using coercive or controlling behavior, and assault resulting in actual bodily harm.
On October 17, the England international made an appearance in a magistrate's court after being placed on suspension by his Premier League club in January.
The choice to keep Greenwood in custody until his upcoming pre-trial hearing at Manchester Crown Court on November 21 was made by District Judge Mark Hadfield.
Greenwood was first detained on January 31 on charges of rape and assault before being detained again on February 1 on charges of sexual assault and threatening to kill. He was granted bail and released on February 2.
Greenwood was detained on October 15 after it was claimed that he had violated the terms of his bail, which had been increased after a hearing in June.
What is the alleged offense against Mason Greenwood?
Janet Potter, the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said in a statement on October 15: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm."
"All three counts relate to the same complainant."
"Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West's complex casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police.
"The defendant's first court appearance will take place on Monday, October 17 at Greater Manchester magistrates' court.
"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial." It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online that could in any way prejudice those proceedings. "
The alleged rape of a woman is said to have occurred on October 22, 2021. The alleged assault is said to have taken place last December.
The charge of controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship relates to the period of November 1, 2018 to October 15, 2022.
Greenwood has not responded publicly to the allegations.
What have Manchester United said on Mason Greenwood?
Following the CPS statement on October 15, 2022, Manchester United said: "Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service." He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process. "
The former academy star, who has one England cap, has not played or trained with United since his arrest in January.
Nike also ended its sponsorship deal with Greenwood this year, while Electronic Arts removed him from active squads in its FIFA 22 game.
Age, profession, and contract of Mason Greenwood
Greenwood, 21, joined United's youth system in 2007 and started playing regularly for the first team in 2019.
In the 87th minute of a 3-1 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain, he made his professional debut. He was the club's youngest player ever in a modern competition when he was 17 years old. He later played in the Premier League for the first time that week when he came on as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal.
12 days before turning 18, Greenwood scored at Old Trafford in the Europa League against FC Astana to become the team's youngest-ever goal scorer in European competition.
The following month, as a substitute in a 1-0 victory over Iceland in a UEFA Nations League match, Greenwood made his England senior team debut. He was first named to the squad in August 2020.
Greenwood has made 129 appearances for United and scored 35 goals overall. At Old Trafford, he has a deal that runs through 2025.