Hastert Attorney Wants Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit Dismissed

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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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