One of Hastert’s victims has now filed a lawsuit against the former House Speaker, alleging breach of contract. The lawsuit seeks $1.8 million, money the plaintiff alleges he was promised as compensation for his abuse.
The plaintiff, who is called James Doe in the lawsuit, alleges that from the time he was 14 years old, he was sexually abused by Hastert, violating his trust and causing severe panic attacks, depression, and psychiatric issues.
“Because of the special trust he placed in Hastert, Hastert’s special position as a trusted adult and family friend, and because of Doe’s youth when the abuse occurred and its nature, Plaintiff did not blame or attribute these problems to Hastert’s abuse during this time,” the lawsuit alleges. In fact, it wasn’t until 2008, when the victim learned about the abuse of another student, that he confronted Hastert about his actions.
During that conversation, Hastert reportedly agreed to compensate the victim for his trauma by paying $3.5 million, and the victim agreed to keep the agreement confidential. Hastert paid around $1.7 million of the compensation between June 2010 and December 2014, withdrawing the money from separate bank accounts to keep the transactions secret.
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Because the statute of limitations has passed, Hastert will not face charges of sexual abuse.
The lawsuit is Doe v. Hastert, case number 2016 L 35, in circuit court for the twenty-third judicial circuit, Kendall County, Illinois.