‘Individual A’ Sues Dennis Hastert Over Hush Money

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The recipient of the “hush” money at the heart of the case against Dennis Hastert is suing him for the remainder of the money Hastert agreed to pay him to keep quiet about alleged sexual abuse by the former House speaker.

Identified only as "Individual A" in the government’s case against Hastert for illegally structuring bank withdrawals used to pay for his silence, the alleged victim of Hastert’s abuse is called James Doe in the civil lawsuit filed in Kendall County, Illinois. The complaint contains details of how and when Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse of the then 14-year-old occurred and of the agreement he made with Hastert to keep quiet about that abuse.

James Doe was not even in high school when Hastert, beloved coach of Yorkville High School’s wrestling team, took him along to a wrestling camp and molested him in a motel room, according to the complaint.

Doe alleges the incident led to “severe panic attacks which lead to periods of unemployment, career changes, bouts of depression, hospitalization and long-term psychiatric treatment.”

The complaint also reveals that what prompted him to confront Hastert in 2008 was that he “was made aware for the first time that Hastert had abused someone else, too.”

Hastert verbally agreed to compensate James Doe $3.5 million for “harm caused by Hastert’s sexual abuse of the Plaintiff."

Hastert had paid out $1.7 million of this money before the government filed charges against him, charges based on the suspicious way in which he withdrew that money.

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