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James Doe attorney Kristi Browne takes questions after the announcement of a settlement in her client's case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. (WSPYnews.com photo by Ethan Kruger).

Attorneys and the judge in the James Doe versus Dennis Hastert hush money case in Kendall County say there is a tentative settlement in place. Hastert is the former U.S. Speaker of the House.

Hastert is being sued by James Doe, a victim of sexual abuse by Hastert when he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, over hush money promised by Hastert for Doe's silence. Hastert is said to have paid Doe $1.7 million already. Doe is suing for $1.8 million more.

Judge Robert Pilmer on Wednesday made the the announcement that a settlement in principle was in place among the attorneys for both parties.

Lawyers are returning Thursday of next week to further discuss the proposed settlement.

Attorney for James Doe Kristi Browne wouldn't disclose the terms of the settlement, but says she was ready for trial which was set for next week.

Browne says that while the case will be closed, her client will always have to deal with the abuse he suffered at the hands of Hastert.

Attorney for Hastert, John Ellis had no comment and wouldn't say if there was a reason his client agreed to settle instead of going to trial.

A judge recently ruled that if the case did go to trial, the name of James Doe would be made public.