Imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked a judge not only to reject a sexual abuse victim’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, but also to make the man pay back $1.7 million in secret hush-money payments, the Chicago Tribune reports. In response to the lawsuit and in his counterclaim, Hastert he denied that the oral pact is akin to a valid and enforceable contract and, if so, it would be the plaintiff who breached it when he broke his silence and spoke to federal authorities. The lawsuit was filed by a now middle-age married man whom Hastert coached decades ago at Yorkville High School.
The man, known as Individual A in the federal case, said Hastert had agreed in 2010 to pay him $3.5 million if he didn’t disclose publicly that Hastert inappropriately touched him in the 1970s, when Individual A was 14, during a wrestling trip while the two stayed overnight in a hotel room. Hastert was close friends with his boy’s parents.