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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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301.

ibjujub    

Not going to change a thing. Americans are fed up with being spoon fed their politics.

697 days ago
302.

Indirianna    

http://tantmieux.squarespace.com/cyrano-tant-mieux-articles-old/2008/2/5/a-fish-out-of-water-mitt-romney-the-wanna-be-president.html

697 days ago
303.

Seedling6    

This is a total joke TMZ. This is the all time breaking news you bring to your readers?? Who cares!! What is the worst case scenario? He screwed the wife, the husband, or both. Big whoopee. And this really makes or breaks how he runs this country? Where's your breaking news on Obama and divorce papers? Obama smoking dope? How about the fact that an ambassador and 3 other people died in a terrorist attack, and Obama covered the truth with some garbage about some silly movie? Where is the breaking news showing the coverup emails? Even if Mitt had an illegitimate child, he and Anne are in a marriage with five adult kids that have solidly supported him throughout a very long campaign. This is all a bunch of smack with Gloria Allred once again being a vindictive, man hating, money horking, greedy witch. I can't take TMZ seriously anymore. I never really did. And by the way, radaronline breaks the stuff waaaay before you ever do.

697 days ago
304.

GOLLY    

All lies. Both parties are dirty. This is just trying to trump Trump.

697 days ago
305.

Steve-O    

Okay - I blame Trump for being an idiot and thinking people care about some divorce crap 10 years ago, I blame TMZ for thinking any of this is important here. TMZ posts it here as they choose to create interest and make money. Nothing personal. Harvey is gay and probably sleeps with more men than anyone, but we don't care right? I don't, didn't with Clinton. So stop it.

697 days ago
306.

Keith     

Funny thing Is Obama one his state seat and national senate seats the same way bu having sealed divorce do***ents unsealed right before elections....looks like the Obama people are more then likely involved yet again in similar situation. What a bunch of losers

697 days ago
307.

Get Real    

Some of us are afraid one of them Will win. Virtualy the same man on all the important issues, that no one is talking about. It always suprises me that otherwise intelligent people can't see how rigged the game is.

697 days ago
308.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Let's see here_which is worse_Romney helping a friend_ OR OBAMA TELLING US IT WAS A STUPID VIDEO CLIP THAT HAD BEEN ON THE INTERNET FOR SIX MONTHS_then covering his ASS_with FOUR_COUNT THEM_FOUR AMERICANS SLAUGHTERED BY IDIOTS?_HUH? NOT ALL OBAMAS CULT MEMBERS ARE THAT STUPID ARE THEY ?

697 days ago
309.

Marvin    

Is there a bigger attention whore than gloria alred I don't know of one.

697 days ago
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Linda Moore    

OMG...there's the fame whore of all times...Gloria Alred...now we really now that this is all legit....what a joke and the desperation to come up with something to use against Gov. Romney is disgusting.

697 days ago
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WFOFAN    

As soon as I see that Gloria Alred is involved, I discredit anything being said by her client as it is 100% grab for money.... pathetic.

697 days ago
312.

PrimaDiva    

Obama has work in his face. He has been working hard for America while congress has been **** blocking at every opp.

697 days ago
313.

Sandra     

Hope the gag order is lifted !! Old Mitt is a slimy guy and you can be sure he will lose women voters if his deeds come to light!!

697 days ago
314.

francisco     

Gloria Alred is involved? Then it must be trash! Remember, she smeared the Republican Candidate running for California Governor right before the election! This broad is an ambulance chasing self promoter!

697 days ago
315.

Mike    

Not sure how this 30 year old story could be taken nearly as serious as the truth coming out about Benghazi just today (which was uncovered by a reputable news organization which leans liberal, not by a paid political hack like Allred) that Obama himself knew within 2 hours that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack yet for two weeks, he blamed some anti-Islamic youtube video. He then continued to lie about his knowledge over and over again. This is actually real, relevant, current news - a sitting US President lied continually about what he knew and when he knew it because it did not fit the mold of "terrorism is on the decline." Yet leftwing hate-mongers would rather run with the 30 year old non-story about Romney. So absolutely pathetic.

697 days ago
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