Andy Richter Recalls Shower Room La-Z-Boy Cited in Shocking Case Against Ex House Speaker
Among the details prosecutors included in a court filing in their case against shamed former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, was a La-Z-Boy type reclining chair they say he placed in the boy's shower room while coaching teens at an Illinois high school.
After the court filings were made public on Friday, comedian Andy Richter--who attended the school where Hastert worked before gaining political fame--revealed he remembers the chair well.
"I went to Yorkville HS '80-'84 & I remember this chair. Purportedly 'to keep boys from fighting,'" Richter, best known as Conan O'Brien's late night comedy sidekick, posted to Twitter on Friday.
Hastert, now 74, was once a teacher and a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School outside Chicago before a successful run for state legislature started a career that ultimately placed him second in the line of succession to the presidency.
But years after he left office in 2007, Hastert's political legacy turned sour.
In October, Hastert pleaded guilty to one count of illegally structuring bank withdrawals. In Friday's new court filing, prosecutors detail for the first time how the fraud was part of a scheme to pay off one of his at least four alleged victims of sexual abuse.
The filing also details alleged incidents in which prosecutors say Hastert molested boys with whom he worked as Yorkville's wrestling coach.
Prosecutors say they learned of the La-Z-Boy chair from a victim identified in the filing as Individual D.
"Individual D recalled that defendent put a 'Lazyboy'-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls in the locker room where he sat while the boys showered," the filing reads.
The statute of limitations has expired on the at least four alleged sex abuse incidents. However, prosecutors included the alleged misdeeds in their pre-sentencing memo ahead of Hastert's scheduled sentencing later this month.
"While defendant achieved great success, reaping all the benefits that went with it, these boys struggled, and all are still struggling now with what defendant did to them. Some have managed better than others, but all of them carry the scars defendant inflicted upon them," the filing says.
As for Richter's experience, he said it's all in the past and made no mention of Hastert himself.
"I haven't thought of it in 30 yrs," Richter wrote in subsequent posts. "tbh, I don't find it's upsetting me now. I'm just so struck by how easy it was to do that. Nobody questioned it."
Hastert's sentencing on the bank fraud conviction is scheduled for April 27. He faces up to six months in prison.