Man Makes Claim In Hastert Case


CHICAGO-----A man who claims he was sexually abused by a former U.S. House Speaker several years ago says he has only been paid about half of the hush money promised.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is accused of promising to pay the man $3.5 million to stay quiet.

The man is known as "Individual A" in court documents filed in the federal lawsuit. The suit was filed Monday in Yorkville, the northern Illinois city where Hastert is accused of abusing several boys while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

The lawsuit claims "Individual A" is still owed $1.8 million under the agreement. The man says he has suffered panic attacks that led to bouts of depression, hospitalization, and unemployment.

Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago on charges of breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse. Several people have written letters of support for Hastert.

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