One year after being accused of rape, assault, and using coercive behavior, Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has been exonerated of all charges, according to UK authorities.
His trial was reportedly slated to start in November of this year, but things unexpectedly turned around when key witnesses withdrew and fresh evidence surfaced.
Following a series of videos of the incident shared on social media by his alleged ex-girlfriend, Mason Greenwood was detained by the Greater Manchester Police in January of last year and charged with one count of attempted rape, a count of sexual assault, and repeatedly engaging in controlling and coercive behavior.
The England international was immediately released on bail following his detention, and Manchester United has now sidelined him from the first team roster pending the result of the legal processes. Prior to being freed on bond once more in November 2022, he was detained once more for violating his bail terms.
In an unexpected turn of events, the Crown Prosecution Service declared on Thursday afternoon that “there was no longer a realistic possibility of conviction” due to “the withdrawal of key witnesses and additional material that came to light.”
“In these circumstances, we are obligated to stop the case,” the CPS continued. We have informed all parties of our choice. Any prospective victims are always welcome to come forward and contact the police, and we will file charges wherever the legal requirements are met.
While speculation over the future of the young player, who is now paid £75,000 per week under a deal that goes through the summer of 2025, continues to grow, the club has not yet released a statement regarding the most recent development.