Ex-House speaker settles child sexual abuse payments suit

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YORKVILLE, Ill. (WTVO) – Once powerful former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay $1.8 million in exchange for his silence, lawyers for both men said.

The lawyers would not release details of the settlement in the case, which was set to go to trial next week in an Illinois court.

Hasert was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old student while a teacher and wrestling coach in the 1970s.

The man has been referred to only as James Doe in court papers since the breach of contract lawsuit was filed in 2016. He had said Hastert paid him only about half of the promised $3.5 million in hush money. Had the case gone to trial next week, James Doe’s identity would have been revealed.

“It is never over for a victim of childhood sexual abuse. It’s never over. It impacts them for the rest of their lives. This resolves this case,” said Kristi Browne, James Doe’s attorney.

Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed. The deal lead to financial crime charges that landed Hastert in prison for 15 months. He has never been charged with sexual abuse.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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