Ex-House Speaker Settles Child Sexual Abuse Payments Suit

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Lawyers say the once-powerful Dennis Hestert has reached a tentative out-of-court settlement over refusing to pay $1.8 million for the victim’s silence.

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Yorkville, Ill. (AP) — Dennis Hestert, a former speaker of the once-powerful US House and a man who accused him of child sex abuse, came under fire on Wednesday after Hestert refused to pay $1.8 million in exchange for the man’s silence. A temporary out-of-court settlement was reached, lawyers for both men said.

Lawyers will not release settlement details in the case, which was set to go testing In Illinois court next week.

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The man is referred to only as james doe In court papers since the breach of contract suit was filed in 2016. He was said to have paid only half of the $3.5 million that Hestert had promised him.

Federal prosecutors said during a related criminal case that sent rush to jail The settlement was entered into voluntarily for more than a year and the victim never blackmailed Illinois Republicans to demand that he would be public about the abuse. This happened when the victim was a high school wrestler and now 79-year-old Hestert was her coach.

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Hastert paid $1.7 million over four years, but withheld payments in 2014 after the FBI questioned him about illegally hiding large amounts of cash withdrawals from his bank. After Hestert pleaded guilty to banking charges and was sentenced in 2016, the victim filed a breach of contract suit to force Hestert to pay the $1.8 million he owed.

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