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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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Zoe     

There's a special place in hell for Allred. She truly belongs with the Obama crowd. Desperate and dirty to the core.

638 days ago
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Steve    

If you're gonna carry water for this mental patient and Obama -- on a showbiz site, no less -- you really should be looking into the lies and murder Obama caused in Benghazi.

638 days ago
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d    

What is the legal rationale for this request. I mean we know the real reason. What I want to know is what is the argument for why the court should unseal the do***ents?

638 days ago
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Noel    

Poor Gloria, no ambulances to chase today. Let's all contribute a nickle for coffee for the most shameless, self aggrandizing, witless tool dirtbag lawyer of the year.

638 days ago
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ElJ    

Pathetic use of a so called journalist. What is this crap?

638 days ago
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JustAThought    

Interesting that Gloria left without making a comment. I am sure the judge told them to keep their mouth shut! I love anyone who can shut this woman up.

638 days ago
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sweetbaby    

Gloria.......Just shut the F*ck up! Nice wig by the way!

638 days ago
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beerczar    

Wow. The left must be really worried about Obozo having to resort to digging testimony on a divorce that happened decades ago. But then again, they have every right to be worried as their messiah will soon be out of a job.

638 days ago
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Tama    

What, why, REALLY!! Come on now. This is beyond petty stuff!!!!

638 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

The Crazy thing is that Donald Trump & also Mitt Romney Both have Immigrant Parents, Grandparents NOT Born in USA & they are Both always Attacking Obama for being the Son of an Immigrant But Barry H. Obama Graduated from Columbia & Harvard, is a Grammy & Nobel Peace Prize Winner & is The People's President...........He has my Vote!

638 days ago
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backfire    

Gloria looks like she used it to dust with before she put it on her head.

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Patty in MN    

This is the way business works folks! Romney probably spoke the truth when he testified about the value of the company stock, believing it may be overvalued and unsure about the company's future. The next spring, the company went public. That was a good business decision-going public brought in an influx of cash, thereby improving cash flow and saving the company. If the ex in this case sold half her stock before it went public, oh well. That's the risk you take. All Romney did was make a good business decision. Like I said elsewhere, Go Away Gloria! There's no blood here for you!

638 days ago
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Doug    

Gloria would gag a maggot as would Donald Trump

638 days ago
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Sylvixen    

Another A-H0le!!! Fake Azz !!!

638 days ago
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On    

This is the most ridiculous piece of "news" to waste my time this week/year. Are you kidding me???

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