Police have dropped an investigation against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood.
The 21-year-old Bowdon resident had been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He had been due to stand trial in November.
However, Greater Manchester Police have this afternoon confirmed that criminal proceedings against a 21-year-old man in connection with an investigation opened in January 2022 – believed to refer to Greenwood – have been discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s Head of Public Protection, said: “Given the significant media coverage of this case, it is only fair that we share the news that the 21-year-old man, who had been arrested and charged in connection with an investigation opened in January 2022, no longer faces criminal proceedings in relation to this.
“The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this decision has not been taken lightly.
“Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.
“I would, however, like to use this opportunity to reiterate GMP’s commitment to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them. An ever increasing number of officers are receiving specialist training and the force is more consistently utilising tools, available via the criminal justice system, to keep people safe and care for victims.
“If you feel you are or might be a victim, please don’t let this case put you off asking for help.”
Greenwood last appeared in court in November where a trial date was set for November 23rd 2023.
Greenwood had been accused of “repeatedly engaging” in controlling and coercive behaviour against one woman for almost four years.
He was also charged with attempted rape against the woman on October 21st 2021, as well as assault between December 12th 2021 and December 31st 2021.
Greenwood was originally remanded in custody after being charged by police on October 15th, but a judge released him on the condition he did not contact witnesses and lived at an address in Bowdon.