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Mitt Romney

Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce

10/24/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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6:45AM PT  Gloria Allred
is in court in Boston and she is representing Maureen Sullivan Stemberg (below). We just got the details about Romney's testimony in the Stemberg divorce. Click here to read it.

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7:30AM PT  The court hearing where the Boston Globe is asking a judge to unseal Stemberg divorce documents -- including Romney's testimony -- has been continued until Thursday morning. We're waiting to see if Allred comments on the case.

8:05AM PT  Gloria and Maureen walked out of court. They did not comment.   

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Mitt Romney
was heavily involved in the extremely messy divorce of one of his key supporters ... and the Boston Globe is going to court first thing Wednesday morning in an attempt to unseal the court file as well as lift a gag order ... TMZ has learned.

The divorce was between Staples co-founder Tom Stemberg and his first wife Maureen. We're told the divorce battle lasted for years and was extremely ugly.

Sources tell us Romney gave both a deposition in the divorce and testified in the trial. According to our sources, the Boston Globe got a tip that there was "juicy information about Romney" in the sealed documents.

Romney, Stemberg and Maureen were all served papers by the Globe notifying them that the paper was trying to unseal the case and lift the gag order enforced on all parties.

According to an article in the Boston Globe in 2005, Maureen received nearly 500,000 shares of Staples stock in the divorce ... but sold half her shares before the company went public.

Stemberg and Romney's business ties go deep. Bain Capital helped launch Staples ... widely seen as the first big success for Romney's venture capital company -- and Romney sat on Staples' board of directors for many years. 

Our sources say Tom has filed papers opposing the Globe's motion. Romney's lawyers have not responded.

Tom has been a major Romney supporter, even speaking for five minutes at the Republican National Convention.



We're told Gloria Allred represents someone connected with the divorce and we believe -- though we have not confirmed it -- that is Maureen.

If the gag order is lifted, Maureen and others could freely talk about the divorce ... less than two weeks before the election.

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SUNIA3    

HMMMMM.....so what! does anyone other then Gloria I need attention Alllred and Harvey find this important????

676 days ago
242.

SUNIA3    

the "juicy tip" came straight from the horse's mouth --- Gloria Allred.

676 days ago
243.

Ed F    

Oh, a scorned ex-wife who sees things through her warped prism and Miss No Credibility, Sensantionalizer, Over Plasticized, Poor Excuse for an Attorney, Liberal Nut, Gloria Allred. What b.s.! Those desperate stupid Democrats will try ANYTHING to take the American voter's attention away from the fact that THEY elected an incompetent, inexperienced, liberal as President. Well, we're not going to let it happen again. Period.

676 days ago
244.

MAX    

THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW , HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RACE , UNLESS YOUR BLACK AND WANT TO CRY CROW BECAUSE YOUR LOSING. ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC WHAT THAT USELESS POS ALLRED HAS TO SAY SHE'S GOING DOWN THE SAME WAY SHE LIVES ...KARMA BABY ,KARMA

676 days ago
245.

ELMUCHOMACHO!    

Obama knew Benghazi was under attack and did nothing.

Stop with the bulls**t and pay attention!!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/23/state-dept-emails-from-day-libya-attack-show-al-qaeda-tied-group-on-radar/

676 days ago
246.

Jake    

Allred is the worst kind of example of leftist democrat "whore". Best example I can give for this worthless leftist piece of excrement.

676 days ago
247.

Jack Asserson    

Yawn!!! Obama should tell her to go away like Romney told the Cocaine dealer guy to go away. Gloria Allred is an attention whore and skeevy. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest her crotch. Gloria ruins lives and proud to do it.

676 days ago
248.

jay jay    

HA, HA, HA, HA! This is how Obama has always won elections. Remember how his creepy operatives drove the highly competitive Republican Jack Ryan out of the US Senate race against Obama in 2004 by illegally leaking his divorce records which had been sealed by the court. It's deja vu all over again.

How America bought his steaming nutty brown pile of Hope and Change turd is beyond me.

676 days ago
249.

mulan    

seriously i'm saying this as an Obama supporter
"who the **** cares", both Gloria Allred and Donald Trump need to shut the **** up because we have an election to focus on with real issues , smfh

676 days ago
250.

JDoors    

Too funny! How many "sealed" do***ents have been forcibly unsealed for no other reason than to smear political candidates? Judges who fall for this should be removed from the bench, period.

676 days ago
251.

Shep    

Interesting that you didn't post the email that is on Fox News about how Obama and his admin knew the attacks were terrorist in Libya.

676 days ago
252.

KatherineWilson22    

I quit working at shoprite and now I make $35h - $80h...how? I'm working online! My work didn't exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn't be happier. Heres what I do, Max14.com

676 days ago
253.

Luz    

I love Maureen's blazer and underblouse!

This is a very aggressive campaign! But of all the aggressive campaigns I've seen, Obama's has been the most confident, intelligent one!

676 days ago
254.

Nutstuyu    

Hey Boston Globe, here's another tip: there's some juicy information about Obama and his ghey lovers--literally juicy.

*crickets*

676 days ago
255.

JB    

So this is what SHE says - the exwife - and of course she isn't bitter, right. Why did they divorce in the first place? Did she cheat? My wife ever cheats and I'd do whatever I had to to keep her from anything. And a judge obviously found she did abuse the kids thus she lost custody of them at one point. This is the best they can do? She SAYS Romney lied about how much money the guy had and this is some new wild bombshell? The only people that will care are the 5 people who watch MSNBC and the 10 left who watch CNN who hate "rich white people" anyway - even though they play the lotto and dream of being that same rich white person one day.

Gloria alldead has that bloated self-worth like Bill Oreilly, but she is laughed at by everyone. Sure she has cash, many a sleazy lawyer does, so what. She is only thought of when someone is desperate like now.

AND Is it me or did she also go to the Hillary Clinton school for ugly women who get uglier as they get older and can't find a wig that fits right? Speaking of Hillary, has anyone else noticed that as she gets uglier her face and head seem to be growing sideways instead of sagging down like other people do? She like has a football head now.

676 days ago
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