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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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46.

Jordan    

This story has nothing to do with Mitt having an affair, only that he misrepresented the value of Staples and Maureen received an unfair deal as a result.

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

548 days ago
47.

CitySide    

Sounds like a couple of angry, bitter "lady parts" with their own personal war on men......yawn

548 days ago
48.

really! really?    

I'm not a Romney fan but this "news" doesn't reflect poorly on him no matter what is found in the sealed do***ents... & btw, not an Obama fan either. Still trying to decide the lesser of two evils

548 days ago
49.

Orwellia    

Really!!! a witness in a divorce case that was adjudacated last decade???? Pathetic, Gloria....What about the Benghazi emails that just broke...maybe Gloria should hop on a plane and hunt down the widows , mothers , and sisters of the men who died. C'mon TMZ get with it!

548 days ago
50.

Smarg    

Uninstalling Obama......... ███████████████▒ 95% complete.

548 days ago
51.

DixT    

Remember: When Obama was running for the Illinois Senate, he had his "goons" go to court and have court records UN-SEALED involving his two challengers! A Judge was stupid enough to do it "for political reasons," and Obama was able to run his election UN-OPPOSED!!! THAT'S the kind of President that sits in our White House!

548 days ago
52.

Throwback kid    

If Obama is voted out of office what will Michelle Obama do? She will no longer be able to take her
extravagant vacations that are paid for by the American taxpayer. She flys all over the globe with her huge entourage and we get stuck with the bill. If Obama is voted out of office and they are evicted from the White House Michelle will actually have to pay for her plane ticket, food and hotels. I wonder how many trips she will take when she has to pay for them instead of us? She wasted millions of dollars on her trips

548 days ago
53.

tgrfan42069    

why doesnt the boston globe and gloria fight to get obama to lift the executive order about fast and furious.im sure brian terry's family wants answers.but instead they waste time and energy on this mess? hail mary pass by obama supporter gloria

548 days ago
54.

Jan    

Who is going to vote because the x wife of a supporter does not like a candidate? This election is about the ECONOMY.......period.......

548 days ago
55.

JiLL1    

I hope this backfires. It's sickening that any side is trying to affect the election w/bull****. How about focusing on real problems the country faces & who can best fix them

548 days ago
56.

phil    

Well..if Tom is a major supporter of Romney, I dont think jealousy could be an issue (that he had an affair with Toms wife Maureen)..The public has a right to know about Presidential candidates character though, and their past. It sets the tone...for the Presidency.

548 days ago
57.

Maggie    

Yeeeeah something tells me this Maureen lady isn't the most trustworthy, credible person to listen to. Look at her HuffPo comments; hateful and bigoted ---> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maureen_Stemberg?action=comments

548 days ago
58.

liz    

SPELL CHECK GUYS! oh and why are we entertaining this...desperation

548 days ago
59.

FedupWithBigGovt    

Now we have a fame s k a n k trying to tip the election. I hope everyday joe will treat this woman like the pariah she is.

548 days ago
60.

Chuck Sex Tape    

"cereal killer" You mean like the Cap'n Crunch murderer? Lucky Charms strangler?

Sad, dumb Republicans.

548 days ago
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