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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and child-sex-abuse accuser reach tentative out-of-court settlement in hush-money suit

Accuser, identified only as James Doe, charged that Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker of the House, had paid him only about half of the promised $3.5 million in hush money

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert engages in conversation during a 2008 visit to the Illinois House of Representatives floor in Springfield, Ill.

AP/Seth Perlman

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay the man $1.8 million — the outstanding balance in hush money that the Illinois Republican agreed to pay the man in 2010.

Lawyers would not release details of the settlement, arrived at just days before a civil trial in the case that was set to start. It would have focused on a novel legal issue about whether Hastert’s verbal agreement...