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Mitt Romney

Court Battle Over His Involvement in Bitter Divorce

10/24/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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.   


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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as soon as Gloria's name was mentioned, I suddenly lost interest in the story. the ambulance chasing fame whore is the champion of trumped up charges. I mean, this is the women who represented women who willingly opened their legs for Tiger Woods, who they knew was married, because their feelings were hurt.

707 days ago

Mary P    

This is about about as lame as whatever Trump has on Barack's marriage falling apart. I say to both "Big whoop."

707 days ago


Maureen Stemberg has over 2000 comments on Huffington Post about Romney. She claims to be the ex-wife to the Staples guy. If you look at her comments she has a lot of nasty things to say about Ann Romney and Mormons. Seems a bit obsessed to me...

707 days ago


News Flash! Allred crawls out from under rock for the October Surprise....Representing raging embittered ex-wife of Staples co-founder...
Allred claims she wants the truth to come out and angry wifey will tell all...........

707 days ago


I see Tmz being Obama supporters...pfft

707 days ago

bring back recent posts as creepy as BUSH!!!!!!...I pray too god USA doesn't mess up like they did 2 years in a row..with the Bush scam on america!!!!

707 days ago


Shame on TMZ..... I come to this site to get a mind rest from my day of watching and listening to real news. Stick to what you're good at and stay aways from politics. It's a real turn off, and there are more moderate conservatives out there than you think. You Hollywood liberals all care about making a buck, so use your brains....

707 days ago


Gloria Allred is always looking for a cheap thrill and masturbating a diseased pr--- [male appendage] to get her rocks off. Her reputation precedes her

707 days ago

Jenny Riley    

Who cares!!! Only psychopaths care about this crap. Leave it alone. I'm sick of this crap.

707 days ago

Rose Here it is folks She was married to Romneys friend 25 years ago and she keeps coming back for more money. Romney testified in the trial about a son that was nasty to Romneys friend which is the kids dad. The dad don't want anything to do with the son. That is it.

707 days ago


The Trump bombshell may have something to do with the rumor going around that our ambassador to Libya was 'openly" gay in Chicago circles_and the WH sent him to a Muslim country anyway_Muslims have zero tolerance for homosexuals_ like the Iranian dictator explains_"We don't have any homosexuals in Iran_sooooo_could be the gay community will protest over sending him there in the first place_this may or may not be factually correct_"the story is still developing"__

707 days ago


How about unsealing Obamas college transcripts Gloria?

707 days ago

voting rocks    

Another sad hatchet job attempt by TMZ.

707 days ago


This is just another liberal attempt to smear a good man. Many times, the allegation that there is "something" in the papers is enough to destroy a person's reputation. Sick.

707 days ago


The Stemberg Settlement Saga Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary, By The Usual Custom of Dragging Mitt Romney Into It

Read this. It's from a Boston Herald opinion piece (well, it sure looks like opinion) that's no longer available. You can find it by searching on the Boston Herald site for "Maureen Sullivan Stemberg." It's the fourth article down.

From 2006:

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, ex-wife of Staples founder, sits in her $5,200 a month, 14th-floor, concierge-at-the-door, elegantly furnished Back Bay apartment and tells you she’s broke. She can’t work. She can’t afford a car, her medications, her rent, even the family springer spaniel, J.J., who she just gave away.
She produces doctors notes detailing medical woes: possible lupus, bouts of pneumonia requiring hospitalizations, a history of cancer, petit mal seizures, plus recommendations for thrice weekly psychotherapy and psychiatry. She says her insurance won’t cover mental health care.

“I’m going to be out on the street,” says Sullivan Stemberg, a tiny, 50-ish woman who alternates between an overanxious recitation of worries, and tears. “I’ve had a change of cir***stances.”

And now she wants her ex-husband, Tom Stemberg, whose worth has been estimated at upwards of $150 million, to dramatically increase his support, guarantee health insurance forever and buy her another home in a concierge building. “I’m sicker and thinner every day,” she says. “I’m not asking for anything more than he did for his other wife and girlfriend.”


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