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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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256.

lukuj    

Yawn!! I don't like what Alred is doing, and I don't like what Trump is doing. Just let the election take its course without desperate attempts to influence it.

645 days ago
257.

scout    

I wonder if poor wittle tagg wants to punch gloria now too? For all you romney lovers, what does it say about his character for haveing a douche bag "close friend and businesss parnter" that cancels health insurance from a woman who had cancer and other poor health issues?

645 days ago
258.

Nutstuyu    

Hey stupid media, can your 44th White President still get this kind of crowd?

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/24/video-romney-draws-massive-crowd-to-remote-colorado-location/

645 days ago
259.

Rick    

Gloria Allred does the best she can to get her cranky, nasty ol ass out in the public eye, but usually to no benefit. Her daughter is truly a hottie though...

645 days ago
260.

Kimberly Crouch    

Who cares, That's all I am saying to that.
I don't think It has anything to do With his creditably. But on the other side....... What about Obama's true heritage,I think this speaks louder.

645 days ago
261.

Renee    

Hey Gloria, the NE Patriot's equipment manager called - he wants the helmet back

645 days ago
262.

Gata    

Why am I supposed to care about what this idiot did in his personal life, we all know he doesn't mind f'ing over people. If he did there wouldn't be a business called BAIN that he's associated with.

645 days ago
263.

Froggey    

Romney is a straight arrow. There are no skeletons in his closet and it is KILLING the Dems to discover a truly good man really does exist! LOL

"This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony"

http://thepage.time.com/2012/10/24/always-at-the-end/

645 days ago
264.

w    

Hey Gloria and that smug looking opportunistic staples ex wife bitch with bad timing...
NO ONE FU**ING CARES

645 days ago
265.

King Beef    

As if this didn't already sound like a load of crap, this woman lost all credibility the moment she hired Gloria Allred.

645 days ago
266.

Blac_pow    

AS IVE SAID BEFORE. ITS ONLY IDIOT,RACIST,STUPID ASS WHITE FOLKS THAT WANT THIS LYING PIECE OF SH*T IN OFFICE.

GO AHEAD AND VOTE HIM IN AND WATCH THIS COUNTRY BE IN ALOT MORE DEPTH AND CRISES. HE THINKS RUNNING BUSINESSES IN STATES IS THE SAME AS COUNTRY,I SWEAR HIS STUPID PINK SUPPORTERS SHOULD KILL THEMSELVES. OBAMA SAVED YOU IDIOTS FROM BINLADEN,HUSSEIN. MEH,TYPICAL,DEMONIC WHITE PERSON BEHAVIOR.YOU FOLKS ARE IDIOTS! I SWEAR

645 days ago
267.

vickyfla    

This is really going to change my mind and not vote for Romney, as I am sure what Trump has to say will change the minds of Obama supporter's.. Give me a break! So Stupid!

645 days ago
268.

deuce    

So, many of you call THIS a pathetic attempt by the left? Wow, I can't help but wonder what you call the right wing attempts at a smear campaign. Demonic at best. Given Romneys history, I bet this story is accurate. If so, it's an important bit of history to know. If it were Obama they were talking about, y'all would be saying "Obama would do anything, even lie and hurt women & children for a few million dollars. Be's a fraud", but no, it's not him. Do I like smear campaigns? No, but every now & then, something important about character comes to surface that NEEDS to be made public. Deal with it, it's a wrap for Romney, & it's been over since before it was revealed that he ships business overseas.

645 days ago
269.

Marce    

That's either a liberal journalist hiding in Gloria's wig or Axelrod! This must be the October Chicago politics "zinger" expected from the Obama camp...pitiful. Utilizing on the likes of Gloria Allred at the 11th hour looks like...DESPERATION!

645 days ago
270.

Crystal    

C'Mon girl! Romney helped you lose in your divorce, lets help him lose in the election! 25 years ago or not! Its NEVER too late for revenge! :)

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