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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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jonesy7    

Maureen & Gloria, Grow UP, women can generate & earn their own money & make things work. & SOUNDs like she got paid in stock. WhatsamatterHere. Stop the Blame Game & keep it moving... I know a few women who were denied ANY compensation. when You 2arrive in the REALworld let the rest of us KNOW. Thxs!!

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RuthieB    

Gloria Allred is a shameless disgusting shyster. Quit talking about her and she will go away. Please.

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irishjess    

DISBAR the old HAG...

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Rebecca    

Sounds to me like Maureen and others are already "freely" talking about the case.

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fran    

find something news worthy. This is just trash. Gloria Allred is disgusting.

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suzy martinez    

Mit and his bff are both a bunch of S***BAGGS !!!!!!

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alia    

Pretty pathetic and desperate the timing of this "victim"....I'm STILL VOTING FOR MITT...Obama SUCKS...has put us in the poor house ....we can't take another 4 years of him !

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Harriet    

Gloria Allred would represent a cow if the money was good. She is an embarrassment to the legal profession.

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Loretta Adams    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onHSC_VQra4

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nikki6    

I'm not a Romney supporter but this is stupid! Gloria and Trump need to knock it off with the antics, this is turning into a circus.

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Sapphiegirl    

I guess this is Gloria's way of fulfilling Barbra Streisand's pleas to help OBAMA win the election.

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JFO    

Is that the Ringling Brothers theme music I'm hearing in the background?????? There she is; Gloria Allred in all her glory-ia. She's such a champion for women, isn't she???? What a selfless, caring, compassionate person she is ... and I'll just bet she's not making a cent off of this freakshow, is she????

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3Storms    

and with Gloria Alred involved and pulling strings, all credibility in this case is gone to crap and less credible than a copy of Obama's copy of a birth certificate

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Penny    

Good grief Gloria, you're sinking a little low aren't you!!!

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kcruzette6    

Allred is a twit. She abuses her power as an attorney and disregards the law. She shows disrespects for the the very institution she's supposed to uphold-To do this for 'juicy' gossip..She's a pirhanna living off the feeding frenzy of what she thinks people will indulge in. I'd say her days of glory are about over.

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