The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has cleared Manchester United footballer, Mason Greenwood, of attempted rape and assault charges. Authorities arrested Greenwood in January 2022 after images and videos of him emerged online. Prosecutors charged him with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault causing actual bodily harm.
Key witnesses withdrew their involvement and new material emerged, leading the CPS to discontinue the charges. The CPS only prosecutes when their legal test is met and continuously reviews cases. The new information and witness withdrawals meant that conviction was no longer a realistic prospect, so the CPS stopped the case. They encourage potential victims to report to the police and assure them they will prosecute when their legal test is met.
Manchester United suspended Greenwood from playing or training upon the allegations being made public, and the club has not yet commented. The Greater Manchester Police announces that Greenwood will no longer face criminal proceedings and that the decision was not easy. The police force remains committed to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected.
In conclusion, Mason Greenwood has been cleared of the charges and will no longer face criminal proceedings. The CPS prioritizes continuous review of cases and prosecutes only when their legal test is met. The Greater Manchester Police remains dedicated to investigating violence against women and girls and supporting those affected. Manchester United has not yet commented on Greenwood’s suspension.