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Hastert Attorney Wants Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit Dismissed

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    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Court House in a wheelchair after his sentencing on April 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victim's fund for breaking banking laws as he sought to pay a man identified only as Individual A, 14-years-old at the time, millions of dollars to keep quiet about past sexual abuse. The abuse occured during Hastert's years as wrestling coach at Yorkville High School decades ago. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

    An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse seeking outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker. 

    The 74-year-old Hastert is serving a 15-month prison sentence for violating banking laws by trying to pay $3.5 million to silence the victim, who says he was abused when Hastert was a high school wrestling coach decades ago. 

    In April, the victim filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit contending Hastert still owes him $1.8 million. The man isn't identified in court documents. 

    The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that Hastert's attorney argued in a July 15 response that it was filed beyond the statute of limitations and that the man broke the deal when he told authorities about the abuse.

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