English footballer Mason Greenwood is being remanded in police custody before he faces a Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court over attempted rape and assault charges.
The 21-year-old striker is expected to appear in court on Monday, according to Janet Potter, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for Crown Prosecution ServiceNorth West.
The CPS authorised him to be charged after he was arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions.
Potter said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorized Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.”
“Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s complex casework unit authorized the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police,” she said.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial,” the CPS added.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings.”
Greenwood was initially arrested in January after a series of allegations related to a young woman were posted online.
He has been out on bail and has been suspended by Manchester United ever since.
A statement from Manchester United read: “Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service. He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process.”