hush money

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hush money

noun blackmail, blood money, bribe, bribe money, corrupt money, cover-up, criminal payoff, graft, gratuity, illegal bribe, illegal funds, illegal gratuity, illegal money, illegal payoff, illegal pay-out, inducement, payoff for corruption, payoff for silence, payoff to quash testimony, prize, slush fund, suppression of evidence
Associated concepts: bribery, public officials' code of conduct
See also: blackmail, bribe, graft, gratuity
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Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges of evading bank rules about large cash transactions after reaching a deal with prosecutors in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct.
The superstar, 65, also revealed that he paid tens of thousands of dollars to his housekeeper Mildred "Patty" Baena, 51, when he learned she was the mother of his love child Joseph, now 15 - but denied that he gave her hush-money.
Labour MP Chris Bryant said: "James Murdoch has to answer questions about their hush-money strategy.