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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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16.

Joe    

and this means he cant run a country because he was involved somehow in a divorce ? oh please. i was on the fence about this election, but Mitt is worth a shot as president. the last 4 years have been a financial nightmare. and unemployment is out of control. Mitt cant do any worse. He cant bring the country down any more than it is. Go Mitt !

731 days ago
17.

realist    

This is so stupid. There's plenty of info on Obama that has not come to light. I read on Drudge that the Romney camp refused to accept some titillating info on Obama's college days.


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731 days ago
18.

Mike    

Nice try TMZ. Why don't you report the news that Obama administration knew of terrorist attack in Libya 2 hours after it happened, yet tried to deceive American people that attack was due to a video? Keep pushing your sick gay agenda.

731 days ago
19.

Bitch please    

Obama is gay and his wife is his beard, obviously. His gay lover from College was shot to death, all of a sudden right before the 2008 election. Nobama anymore please.

731 days ago
20.

Sassy    

Juicy details about Romney from within someone else's divorce court battle? Sounds completely mental. I'm no fan of Mittens "Flip-Flop" Romney, and politics these days gives me a migraine, but this is just ridiculous. There's nothing to see here folks.

731 days ago
21.

las11355    

who gives a flying crap...

731 days ago
22.

viktor    

Obummer's MO -- he did the same thing (brought up sealed divorce records -- from the opposing candidate that time) to win the Illinois senate seat.
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731 days ago
23.

Jen    

How about everyone vote their conscious and pick the candidate they think can fix this mess out Country is in, and share their morals and values, and not take into consideration this tabloid bull**** that both sides are trying to bring up at the last minute.

731 days ago
24.

Sue    

Wish someone would unseal Obama's college records.

731 days ago
25.

nan    

If I had to guess, I would say he was testifying to being around when her husband was with other women, perhaps a boys night out situation.Because why else would you be dragged into someone elses divorce..maybe both were messing around together.

And then we have Donald Trumps doing his press conference tomorrow also regarding Obama.
Nothing these two media hounds come out with is going to help the unemployed in this country, or fix health care..
It is pretty sad on both sides to put this garbage out when the country is in such a dire state of affairs
totally self centered

731 days ago
26.

JustAThought    

Are you kidding me, this is all Gloria has? I think her and Trump should be charged with voter tampering and go to jail together!!!!

Shame on you TMZ!

731 days ago
27.

CEdwards    

When Clinton was having sex with everything that moved, we were all told to "move on". But here goes Gloria inserting herself into the news again. I never saw a worse media hog than her -- second place is her daughter with the big mouth.

731 days ago
28.

NJProud    

Let me understand your thought process on this. You say Mitt was sleeping with this guy's wife yet Mitt and the husband remain friends. The guy even spoke in support of Mitt at the convention.

Right, that makes so much sense.

731 days ago
29.

Ben    

So, let me get this straight - the Boston Globe wants a FEDERAL JUDGE to lift a gag order and unseal the case because it had a tip about "juicy information?" Really TMZ? We all know you would follow a tip from my left nut, regardless of the credibility.

731 days ago
30.

foxypinkgirl    

it's kinda obvious what the "juicy information" is; either he had an affair or he pulled an Arnold. but most likely only the affair.

731 days ago
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