The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 5:40 pm

Ex-House Speaker settles child sexual abuse payments suit

MICHAEL TARM | Associated Press

YORKVILLE, Ill. -- 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 about 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.

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.

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