Hastert’s settlement with the accuser will be finalized on Monday
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The deadline for lawyers to finalize an out-of-court settlement between former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of sexual abuse of children has been postponed until next week, the court registry said on Friday. .
Settlement hearing and order dismissing man’s lawsuit over what he claims was Hastert’s refusal to pay him $ 1.8 million to remain silent on allegations of sexual abuse will take place on Monday, according to the Kendall County Clerk’s Office. Lawyers initially had until Friday to present the written settlement to the judge.
No details were released on the settlement and it was not immediately clear what details, if any, would be made public on Monday. Lawyers representing Hastert and the man who sued him did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Friday.
The two sides announced last week that a settlement had been reached, days before the scheduled start of the civil lawsuit over Hastert’s refusal to pay the balance of the $ 3.5 million that Hastert verbally agreed to pay. to man to buy his silence.
The man, who claims Hastert sexually assaulted him as a teenager and Hastert was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in the 1970s, has only been named James Doe in court documents since filing the complaint in 2016. However, Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer ruled this month that his name could be made public at trial.
His lawyer, Kristi Browne, did not say whether that decision was part of the decision to settle the case.
Hastert was one of the country’s most powerful politicians and the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in U.S. history when he stepped down in 2007, but revelations about the deal on l Secret money was at the center of a case that led to criminal charges. against him years later.
Hastert pleaded guilty to illegally concealing huge withdrawals of money from his bank and was sentenced to over a year in prison in 2016. Prosecutors said Hastert sexually assaulted at least four male students decades ago, but it couldn’t be the limitations were long exhausted.
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