A judge's decision on whether to toss out a lawsuit brought against Dennis Hastert, the former U.S. House speaker, by an alleged sexual abuse victim is expected to be handed down by November 29.
The suit filed in April seeks $1.8 million, the remaining amount of a $3.5 million agreement Hastert allegedly had with the man, who has been referred to as Individual A, to conceal alleged sexual abuse.
The suit, which was filed in Kendall County Circuit Court, alleges that the sexual abuse dates back to when Hastert was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.
Hastert's legal team argues that the lawsuit essentially amounts to extortion and is seeking to have it dismissed.
The former Republican lawmaker began a 15-month prison sentence in June for violating bank reporting requirements. The bank violations were in connection with a hush money scheme to conceal past sexual misconduct dating back to when Hastert, 74, was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.