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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.

566 COMMENTS

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61.

OneCool    

Oh My. Romney has a past WTF? Nobody gave a flying beavers butt about our CURRENT presidents past when they voted for him. 2 sets of rules as always!

647 days ago
62.

BoomerSooner    

TMZ do you publish every "story" leaked to you? This is ridiculous

647 days ago
63.

Howard    

AS long as TMZ soured ANYTHING Allread-related, I'm a happy camper. Although should we really care???

647 days ago
64.

Kim    

This is dumb, what does this have to do with the election? unless he was having an affair with the woman, which I really doubt, these people don't realize that this type of sh*t turns people off and it backfires on the party that releases the information, same goes for Trump and his foolishness. People are out of work, the economy is shot to h*ll, the debt is overwhelming, healthcare is on the rise and this is the crap that they are pulling? People are smarter than this and will vote wisely. SMDH!!

647 days ago
65.

david    

whats the matter romney lovers.."mormons" is your mitt romney going to get his secrets uncovered!!! will your perfect church be exposed!!!! deal with it !!

647 days ago
66.

Edwood    


Sounds like Mittens stripped off his magic underwear and banged his friends wife.


Praise Jesus!!

647 days ago
67.

saoviet    

who cares ?

647 days ago
68.

Sonofavet    

And that has about as much impact on my decision for a president as reports of
Obama's gay relationship with his college room-mate, Pakistani Mohammed Hasan Chandoo [and other men].
What does concern me is Obama abandoned 4 Americans to jihadists - seved them up to the extremisis on a silver platter.
THEN LIED ABOUT IT - THAT, I find troubling and reprehensible.

647 days ago
69.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Haven't read all the comments here so how about this idea _ this is a pre_emptive strike for the TRUMP bombshell to drop tomarrow ? hmmm.

I did read upstream that this is an effective tool to change the subject _away from the truly serious problems ._Mr. Obama has failed the American people. Just ask yourselves this question_ WHom do you think the Middle East would prefer to win the election ? You know the answer_

CNN loudmouth_raspy_nasty Chris Matthews ran his mouth today accusing the American people of being RACIST_if Romney wins_

YET they just played the race card__this is the kind of thing we are against_their spiteful mean heartedness__this is more evidence that we need to vote Romney in as our next leader of this great nation_I don't want a snarky President_

647 days ago
70.

KathyC    

ISSUE IS HEALTH INSURANCE!!!!! #Fail......

http://www.divorce360....com/blogs/2008/10/30/dorene-page/movie-about-scorned-exwife-of-staples-founder-blog-15646

647 days ago
71.

mommy4bratz4    

Gloria Allred needs to mind her own darn business.

647 days ago
72.

KathyC    

ITS ABOUT STUPID HEALTH INSURANCE HER EX DIDN'T PROVIDE #fail

http://www.divorce360....com/blogs/2008/10/30/dorene-page/movie-about-scorned-exwife-of-staples-founder-blog-15646

647 days ago
73.

Swins    

Gloria Allred being involved is all you need to know about this case.
She's the worst there is, pure and simple.

647 days ago
74.

Sam    

Okay...walk with me on this one. If Mitt had an affair with this man's wife then why is this man supporting Mitt Romney. No amount of money would ever get me to support a man that was banging my wife. Are we sure the affair was with the wife? Maybe with Tom?

647 days ago
75.

j    

Man.

The desperation of the left is smelling really bad right about now.

Accusations from the bitter ex-wife I am sure, that are just accusations.

We'll see as I am sure some liberal judge will un-seal the docs.

Typical.

Viters will see throught the desperate attempt.

People like Romney, that is that.

The left is going to ruin their reputations to the bitter end aren't they?

647 days ago
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