Mason Greenwood was found not guilty of all charges in a case involving allegations of attempted rape.
Following the “withdrawal of key witnesses,” Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has had all charges against him dropped.
The 21-year-old forward was charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault resulting in actual bodily harm.
All three charges were filed against the same woman.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had a “duty to stop the case” following the “withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light”.
Because of these developments, there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction,” it added.
“We have a duty to stop the case in these circumstances. We have informed all parties of our decision.”
The investigation began in January 2022, just over a year ago. The trial date had been set for November 27th of this year.
The decision to drop the charges was “not taken lightly” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Given the “significant media coverage of this case,” Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s head of public protection, said it was “only fair” that the force publicized the latest development.
“The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any noteworthy updates. Thus, understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage. And that decision has not been taken lightly,” she added.
“Despite the media’s and the public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment further.”
Greenwood, who has made one appearance for England, was suspended from playing or training with Manchester United.
Nike suspended and later terminated its sponsorship agreement with him. Also, Electronic Arts confirmed that he had been removed from active squads in its FIFA 22 game.