Manchester United star Mason Greenwood faces bail hearing next week over rape and sex assault allegations
The striker was arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and threats to kill in January.
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood will have a behind-closed-doors bail hearing next week.
The footballer, 20, was first arrested on January 30 on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman. He was then further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill.
An investigation into the allegations remains ongoing and Greater Manchester Police have applied to the courts to extend his bail. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed to the M.E.N. a hearing – which will not be open to the press or public – will take place next week
The academy product, who remains suspended by United, was originally due to answer bail, where he is required to turn up a police station, on April 30 but a day before GMP said an application would be made to the courts to extend it.
The force’s statement on April 29 said: “We are continuing to investigate a report made to us on Sunday 30 January of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence. A 20-year-old man arrested that day on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman, and threats to kill, remains on bail.
“An application has been made to the courts to have his bail extended beyond Saturday 30 April, but the hearing isn’t expected to be until mid-June. The suspect will remain on conditional bail until the date of the court hearing.”
Today a spokeswoman for GMP confirmed the bail application hearing would take place ‘towards the end of next week’. Unconfirmed reports suggested it would be June 23. The Ministry of Justice declined to comment.
The law limits the length of time police are allowed to extend bail after which they must seek approval from a court for an extension. Such hearings are always in private and suspects are not required to attend them.
Bradford-born Greenwood, who went to school in Sale, has been suspended by the club until further notice. He has not played for the club since the Premier League fixture against West Ham on 22 January.
After initially suspending their relationship with the forward, Nike has also confirmed that their partnership with him has ended. GMP has confirmed Greenwood’s accuser has been offered ‘specialist support’.