Written by on February 2, 2023

Mason Greenwood, the England and Manchester United forward, has had all criminal charges against him dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced it was discontinuing the case.

The 21-year-old was in October with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But a statement from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said criminal proceedings have now been discontinued.

Greenwood was due to stand trial in November, but on Thursday a statement from Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the CPS had dropped all the charges against him.

The CPS said that they decided to discontinue the prosecution in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, with the case placed under “continuous review”.

A CPS spokesperson said:

We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review.

In this case a combination of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.

In these circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case. We have explained our decision to all parties.

We would always encourage any potential victims to come forward and report to police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is met.

The CPS do not decide whether or not a person is guilty or innocent, but make independent assessment about whether charges should be presented for the criminal court to consider.

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