Dennis Hastert faces lawsuit over alleged sex abuse hush money

Dennis Hastert Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Sex Abuse Hush Money

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is facing a lawsuit from a man who says Hastert molested him as a teenager.

The plaintiff, referred to as James Doe, accused Hastert of using his status as a coach and family friend to abuse him at a wrestling camp in Illinois more than 30 years ago. Doe said the abuse caused him to suffer panic attacks and depression.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves after a guilty plea at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
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Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the US House of Representatives, attends the annual meeting of the Iranian resistance, presided over by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte, near Paris, on June 22, 2013. Some 500 parliamentarians from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Arab countries were expected to join the gathering on June 22, one week after Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, was declared winner of Iran's presidential election, ending an eight-year conservative grip on the Islamic republic's administration under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Maryam Rajavi, president of the NCRI, denounced the 'sham election' in Iran and called on the West to stand firm with respect to Hassan Rohani, 'responsible for the machine or repression'. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 28: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (C) is joined by current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) during a ceremony unveiling Hastert's portrati at the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hastert is the longest serving Republican speaker to date, holding the post from 1999-2007. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The suit claims Doe later confronted Hastert and that the former Republican congressman agreed to pay Doe $3.5 million in restitution.

Hastert admitted to illegally withdrawing hush money from multiple bank accounts in small increments. Those withdrawals eventually caught the attention of the FBI, leading to federal charges. Hastert pleaded guilty to one felony charge in October.

But Doe says that federal investigation put a stop to the regular payments, and now he's trying to get the remaining $1.8 million he says he was promised, plus interest.

Hastert is set to be sentenced April 27 for illegally structuring those withdrawals. Part of his plea deal recommends he should be sentenced to less than six months in prison.

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