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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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31.

Sarcia    

Well I think we should know any and everything possible about people running for President of this country and that nothing concerning them should be a secret. Secret your personal life when you are in the public eyes, then it frighten me of whatelse you would held secret of important once you are elected. If you are elected! I sure don't want to hear something damaging after the fact. I say tell all be it Obama or Romney especially if it is the truth.

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32.

탑 TOP    

".. but sold have her shares..."

***** it's half

640 days ago
33.

DJ    

Really, this is what we have lowered ourselves to? Romney's team refused to bring the story about the drug dealing Obama did in college. Obama's team know their days are numbered and they will be unemployed with the other 23 million people in America. Good Riddance Mr POTUS

640 days ago
34.

Phishie from Philly    

Who the fvck cares about there divorce. It just proves that Mitt is human.
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Phishie from Philly

640 days ago
35.

CC    

Why is this even news? Everyone knows what Gloria Allred is about - getting her name in the papers...I wouldn't believe a word she says...and I'm an Obama supporter - or at least I was until this stupid **** came out - backfire!!!

640 days ago
36.

oleman    

and what does this have to do with ANYTHING? Time for Obama to step down, NONE of the changes he promised happened, the rich are getting richer and the middle class is paying for it! The "entitled" poor are still crying for their entitlements, GET A JOB! And stop with this crap of there isn't any jobs.....I serve tables, and I am over 50!

BTW, i do have degrees....but, I am doing whatever I can, to keep a roof over my head, I have NEVER coleected unemployment of any kind of federal benefit!

640 days ago
37.

Blue    

Ever since Clinton and his cigar, voters just don't care about this sort of nonsense like they did in the 70's and 80's.. Radar has been saying Allred had this planned for a while, now Donald has something on Obama. These two just need to STFU so voters can focus on the election.

640 days ago
38.

Lori     

This is such a nothing story! First Romney's lawyers haven't responded so whatever is sealed is nothing to him and secondly Gloria Allred is involved! Really who cares. This is pathetic!

640 days ago
39.

notalawyer    

Please say it is not true Willard Romney would never be dishonest... or would he?

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40.

Sue    

I can't believe THIS is the big top secret October Surprise - you actually think this is going anywhere? It is sad how desparate for attention some people are.

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41.

Andrew    

If this information was sealed.....then why the heck would a judge unseal them now? What do they have that would allow such a thing to happen?.....Regardless there is nothing here in my opinion. These do***ents will not be unsealed. The only reason the famewhore Allred is trying very hard is to place some kind of doubt on Romney.

640 days ago
42.

Brier    

"Sold have her shares"???

640 days ago
43.

Jake    

LOL! Obama is going down and he's got the worst lawyer in the country trying to help him.
hahahahhahahahahahahahah

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44.

CHRIS_PA    

Yeah, this is a crappy shot by the Obama campaign (and don't pretend Gloria isn't a part of the campaign - she's a MAJOR contributor). And they are trying to make it look like Romney diddled the wife. They don't really care if the records are unsealed or not - in fact, it's probably better if they don't get unsealed so the innuendo can hang out there like a dump in the center of the room.

But think about it... Romney's company saved Staples. Who better to know the financial condition of the company? So when the CEO of the company is getting divorced and his shares have to be valued because the wife has a claim on them, who do you think they were going to subpoena to get to the truth about their value? Romney, of course.

But hey, they sure have made it smell like sex. Nice job, Team Obama.

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45.

zephere    

I'll bet the judge won't allow this until after the election.

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