DA: Domestic Abuse Allegations Against Dan Needles 'Not Provable'

WISN-TV (Channel 12) sports director told police officers he was trying to keep his girlfriend from leaving their home with his hair products, according to letter from Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.

The woman who claimed WISN-TV (Channel 12) sports director Dan Needles attacked her when she tried to leave their residence with the hair products he needed for work changed her story several times, according to a letter from Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.

The woman, who Schimel said asked his office not to prosecute Needles, insisted they had a verbal argument on Sept. 2 and that she and Needles would rekindle their relationship after charges were dropped. When Needles didn’t call her in late September, the letter stated, she told investigators on Monday their relationship was over and that she never asked prosecutors to dismiss the charges.

“The current situation is that the case is not provable,” Schimel said in a letter to the Waukesha police officer working the case. “This is not a conclusion that it did not happen. Only two people know that for sure.

“The problem is that (the woman) has changed her position on a number of occasions, such that it would be impossible for a jury to conclude that Mr. Needles was the primary aggressor beyond a reasonable doubt. The amount of impeachment material available to the defense would be overwhelming.  (The woman), during the majority of the time the case was under review, strongly asserted her desire that no charges be issued.

“Until the last few days, she had maintained consistently since the matter was referred to our office that she is not a victim, that her relationship with Mr. Needles is that of two equals, and no one is exercising a power and control position.”

The woman told police the two were arguing at their Oak Valley Lane home when Needles pulled her hair, causing pain to her neck, according to the police report. The woman told officers she had sciatic nerve problems prior to the incident.

The woman told officers that as she was running out of the bathroom during the argument, Needles pulled her hair, according to the police report. Police said Needles admitted pulling the woman's hair, but said he was trying to grab her shoulder as she ran out of the residence.

“Mr. Needles asserted that he did not intentionally cause her injury,” Schimel said in the letter. “Rather, he reports that he was attempting to grab her shoulder to prevent her from leaving the residence with his hair products.

“He asserts that he needed those products to get ready for his work as a television reporter. He claims that he was only in his boxer shorts and could not pursue her outside, so he tried to grab her shoulder to stop her from taking the items out of the house.”

In a Tuesday interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Needles’ attorney, Julius Kim, complimented Schimel’s review of the case.

“The main thrust of what we wanted to do was make sure that the DA got a complete picture of the situation and not just a snapshot of that particular night," Kim told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Waukesha Girl October 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
and please realize that there are women out there who are truly abused and afraid to leave and call the police. They are getting the crap kicked out of them, threatened to be killed, or their children killed, etc. These women are truly abused, and not having a fight over hair products. Shame on both of them.
Rallyegal October 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
What a waste of tax payers money on this nonsense really people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LifeLongWaukeshaResident October 04, 2012 at 08:43 PM
What a complete joke. This is a classic case of "i want him in trouble because my feelings are hurt." But then weeks later she waffles on her story so he won't get in trouble. Next time don't bother calling for help at all.
M-TownGirlyGirl October 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Can we say WEIRD!!!!!!?????
Happy Dad October 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
My ex tried that crap with me! But ONLY after I filed for divorce and caught her at a hotel with another man on CHRISTMAS DAY. Since divorce is a civil case she and her attorney thought I would back down from allegations of spousal and child abuse. I said bring criminal charges against me then, because I DID NOT ABUSE them! Also, my attorney and I felt as though they were just trying to get me to be scared and pay her alimony and more child support. Well, I hired a GAL (Guardian Ad Lidem) for our sons and said "LET'S GO TO TRIAL!". She and her attorney backed down because they knew the charges were bogus and a Judge after hearing what she has done would side with me. We had mediation and I got the house and kids. Two things to take away from my personal experience. 1. Guys if you did NO wrong and are being falsely accused of something you have not done, FIGHT FOR YOURSELF! Do not give in! 2. There are real woman and children out there who are being abused and not getting the help they need. People like my EX are disgusting and charges and fines should brought against them. Once proven false, a portion of the fines should be donated to shelters for victims of abuse.


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