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Hastert Wants Assault Victim to Return $1.7M in Hush Money


CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him.

A filing in a suburban Chicago county court this week made that request on Hastert’s behalf in an ongoing civil case.

The 75-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence in federal prison for violating banking laws as he sought to silence the victim.

The filing is a counter claim to the victim’s breach-of-contract lawsuit filed last year seeking $1.8 million from Hastert. It says Hastert owes the victim $1.8 million. That’s the unpaid amount in a $3.5 million agreement. The victim isn’t identified in court papers.

Hastert sexually abused him and other former students at Yorkville High School where Hastert coached wresting before entering politics.

Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press and DON BABWIN, Associated Press

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