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Mitt Romney

Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce

10/24/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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.   


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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Carl E    

What about Barry divorcing Michelle? Thats a hell of lot bigger news than this.

699 days ago


So Obama sits by as 4 Americans are butchered in Lybia and THIS is the story that you foucs on?!? Lovely.

699 days ago


Well, if I have to eat my words, I have to, but when did any of you ever see Allred or Trump come up with anything but publicity for themselves?

699 days ago


I just hope TMZ is sending the same investigators to dig in Obamas personal life. I'd like to know what's on those sealed college records of his that to this date no one knows. Also please do investigate more on his personal relationship with Bill Ayers the unrepentant domestic terrorist. Thanks for doing investigative work from all sides *being sarcastic*. Pretty sure Harvey's thoughts are to do anything in his power to re-elect Obama.

699 days ago


Psst... Boston Globe....

There is "juicy information" about Obama....

... In his sealed school records
... In the protected Fast and Furious do***ents
... In his sealed Illinois legislative records

I wonder if they can find a judge willing to hold an emergency hearing to unseal them.

Also, it seems that in order to even propose this sketchy hearing, someone must have violated the existing gag order. Maybe the judge will find the plaintiff in contempt.

This just reeks of desperation, and if anything will probably help Romney's momentum.

699 days ago


Okay, everybody sing, now.
You take the high road (Romney) and i"ll take the low road (Obama) and I'll get to Scotland before ye!
I suppose anyone who opposes the opening of the court do***ents is a racist. So, I say anyone wanting the do***ents opened is a felon!

699 days ago


Romney testified that the Staples stock had little value. Later he said Staples was his proudest accomplishment. I don't know how much Mrs. Stemberg sold her 250K shares for, but their worth is $2.5 Million now. So was Romney lying then, or now. He helped his friend rip off his wife, who had lupus BTW.

699 days ago


This has nothing to do with Romney's character or credibility. Let it go!

699 days ago


Lets look to unseal the college records of obama first buttwipes.

699 days ago


This woman, Maureen Stemberg is a complete nutcase.

699 days ago

Buddy The Elf    

Alred is nothing more than a glorified ambulance chaser.

699 days ago


lol the nation in the shape it is in ,national security in danger over America being broke and middle class and poor not being able to afford obama care and u gonna come out with some old divorce that is over with and we do not care about that couple they are not running for office and mitt testified,it was not mitts divorce so who cares ,u better believe its over money it is over with in the past it was not mitt and his wife who cares,better then what i thought it would be i had guess it was over an abortion issue and no one would care about that either lol no jobs no money can not afford taxes security do u people get it,when people have to stop watching cable and can not go to movies and can not buy your mags, and can not get internet ,maybe then u will understand we do not care and it is sealed ,un seal all that was sealed for obama ,even if he paid millions to have it sealed where he get those millions at any ways to seal all his stuff un seal that instead of a couple we do not give a crap about

699 days ago


Any last minute attempt to change the election will be a wash.

699 days ago


omg..... so sad that tmz has to stoop to dumb levels... geez.

699 days ago


OBAMA! Geesh....

699 days ago
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