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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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271.

Ken Cameron    

Any judge with a measure of respect for our legal system and their office would first announce that the records would not be unsealed before November SEVENTH. Then see what Allred does with this. This move is purely political, and has no proper place in court.

698 days ago
272.

Lexi    

Why are you doing this TMZ? This election is too important, with real issues. This is blather - from both sides - and should be kept in the trash where it belongs.

698 days ago
273.

Beanie    

I find this very calculated~~why wasn't this brought to the attention of the public and courts last year when Romney announced he was running AGAIN, why wasn't this out there during the 2008 candidacy. If this woman truly feels Romney lied she would have been shouting from the trees then and before now. Something isn't right here, who paid her some $$$ 2 weeks before the election!

698 days ago
274.

Lulu    

This will not change the fact that I'm voting for Romney. Obama's America has sucked big hot dogs for most of us.

Big Hollywood can go to hell.

698 days ago
275.

laceyben    

I think that Romney is a liar and the Mormon church is sneaking in ads to promote Mormonism yet it leaves out details.Obama had to produce his birth certificate why hasn'y Romney produced his tax returns...or given up the fact that his father was a polygamist who moved to Mexico to engage in plural marriage.

698 days ago
276.

Blac_pow    

THEN AGAIN YOU CAN SEE WHY WHITE PEOPLE WOULD VOTE FOR A LYING A POS. LOOK AT THEIR HISTORY. ENSLAVING AND HANGING PEOPLE. ONLY A DEVIL WOULD COMMITT THOSE ACTS. F THESE IDIOTS. BLACK PEOPLE GO OUT AND SUPPORT OBAMA,VOTE! THESE IDIOTS WANT THIS REDNECK ROMNEY TRASH TO RUIN THE COUNTRY,HE CAME OFF AS A LYING POS DURING THE WHOLE DEBATE

698 days ago
277.

JD    

You all will do anything to ruin Romney. He still has my vote, ha!! R2 2012!!

698 days ago
278.

Jen    

I am not necessarily a Romney fan but this is a desperate attempt to deface the guy. WHO CARES!! He was a witness who gave a deposition and estimony about another marriage. If Allred is good for anything she should know that this is a very common practice in domestic law and more particulary in complex litigation. What next? Word gets out that he interrupted a schoolyard fight when he was 11? Not everything has to be twisted into conspiracy. Pathetic.

698 days ago
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Eric    

It's very likely that Romney's involvement in the divorce was purely as a witness to testify on the assets that Tom Stemberg (staples co-founder) may have had including stock options.

Of course, the lefty's would assume it involves sex, but they were essentially business partners. Only in a stupid soap-opera would a business partner have an affair with another's wife.

698 days ago
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janice    

This is pathetic. Really really pathetic. And so obviously biased. You don't care that Obama was the member of marxist groups in college. You don't care that he's had the head of the Muslim brotherhood - a well do***neted terrorist group the the white house 23 times. You don't care that he appointed communists as czars in his administration. You don't care that we haven't seen his school transcripts. You don't care that Michelle Obama was DISBARRED - nor have you investigated why. You don't care that he admits some of his best friends are Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who would be in jail except for a technicality for domestic terrorism and murder. You don't care that Obama's aunt has lived ILLEGALLY in this country for decades sucking off the government teat. You don't care that he's been lying about Benghazi for weeks now and that as a result 4 Americans have died. You don't care that his biggest mentors are avowed socialists/communists/marxists - this list goes on and on. These ARE JUICY REAL STORIES that liberals like you refuse to talk about why? Because you love this guy so much? Because you think communism is cool? What is it? It's disgusting and you are complicit as the rest of the media in refusing to dig up dirt on REAL stories and instead try to congure non-existent dirt out of thin air. You disgust me.

698 days ago
281.

Jeanie    

This is pretty pathetic. But then again, it's from Gloria Allbutt so it was to be expected.

698 days ago
282.

john    

Why can't Allred get cancer already????

698 days ago
283.

Joe    

Sounds like the biggest snoozer of an October Surprise since, well, Donald Trump recently.

698 days ago
284.

Mayu    

As I said before... this is just another whore trying to get a windfall of a payday and make a name for herself so she can get on a real housewives show one day. this is a non-story. The second Gloria always wears red's name was mentioned, it should have been tossed out as a non-story. That's the women who represents whores who spread their legs for married men, then want money and tv time to tell everyone how these men who they knew were married, hurt their feelings by not leaving their wives. These are the causes Gloria Allred champions. attention whores.

698 days ago
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kate    

SO WHAT..... WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL

698 days ago
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