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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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91.

Rose    

, Now even in 2006 Romney was planning a presidential bid, so the Herald notes the "political" angle:


Tom Stemberg, meanwhile, hailed as an entrepreneurial genius, has just gone through a second divorce and is now living with the mother of his newest child. His paternal shortcomings are evident in a letter he wrote to his then-12-year-old son with Sullivan Stemberg. “It will not be possible for you to be part of our family in the foreseeable future” because of the child’s supposed misbehavior during their divorce, he wrote, blaming the child for taking sides between parents and creating unbearable hassles, such as monthly court appearances.
Enter a political angle: That same child, the same year - 1996 - approached Mitt Romney, an early Staples money man, during a chance vacation meeting. The Wall Street Journal and Sullivan Stemberg herself say her son asked Romney for an appointment to speak about his mother’s problems, financial and otherwise.

Apparently this did not cause Mitt Romney alarm. In April, our would-be president began an op-ed article, also for the Journal, this way: “Only weeks after I was elected governor, Tom Stemberg told me that if you really want to help people, find a way to get everyone health insurance,” Romney wrote. When Romney expressed doubts, he said, Stemberg insisted, “You can find a way.”
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698 days ago
92.

methodman13    

I'd take a look at this blog from 2008. It has some info here that may be the topic of conversation tomorrow: http://tantmieux.squarespace.com/cyrano-tant-mieux-articles-old/2008/2/5/a-fish-out-of-water-mitt-romney-the-wanna-be-president.html

698 days ago
93.

jonesy7    

Who give a sh__ . Guess what TMZ , the Globe & whoever...the man is Human, OK we get it, Unlike Obama Supporters...who mistakenly THINK he is perfect...NOT, WE GET that our Guy Romney is not anointed. STOP W/the BS if he was not potentially leading you wouldnt be trying this BS. GrowTFU!

698 days ago
94.

miller5155    

Note this IS EXACTLY how HE WON HIS FIRST ELECTION as a US Senator.

He got CANDIDATE Ryan's divorce papers UNSEALED TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION.

Only a S***BAG of a HUMAN being UNSEALS records.

Where are OBAMA'S SEALED RECORDS.

698 days ago
95.

Rose    

Long story short, although Maureen Sullivan Stemberg had a pretty big settlement, in normal human terms, it wasn't a mega-settlement, and her ex-husband wound up mega-rich. And she seems to have spent a lot of it on contesting the settlement itself. And then she was hit with medical problems.

So, she wants more money.

So the 2006 version of this story was put out, it seems, to pressure Romney to pressure Stemberg to open his wallet and voluntarily agree to increase Sullivan Stemberg's support.

I mean, that is the whole point of the Herald article. It concluded:


The story is what a rich, local superstar has done, or not done, for the mother of his son who can’t support herself anymore. It’s hard for mere mortals to relate to this, I know. Still, despite the awfulness on both sides, he should give her the money.
Until then, here’s hoping Romney and other local luminaries skip the Stemberg accolades. The personal is political here, and the personal reeks.

She'd been arguing for years -- apparently "shopping her story" around -- that her husband should increase his upkeep payments to her.

But this divorce is now 25 years old.

698 days ago
96.

Sonofavet    

And this Allred bid for free publicity 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.

698 days ago
97.

Rose    

Long story short, although Maureen Sullivan Stemberg had a pretty big settlement, in normal human terms, it wasn't a mega-settlement, and her ex-husband wound up mega-rich. And she seems to have spent a lot of it on contesting the settlement itself. And then she was hit with medical problems.

So, she wants more money.

So the 2006 version of this story was put out, it seems, to pressure Romney to pressure Stemberg to open his wallet and voluntarily agree to increase Sullivan Stemberg's support.

I mean, that is the whole point of the Herald article. It concluded:


The story is what a rich, local superstar has done, or not done, for the mother of his son who can’t support herself anymore. It’s hard for mere mortals to relate to this, I know. Still, despite the awfulness on both sides, he should give her the money.
Until then, here’s hoping Romney and other local luminaries skip the Stemberg accolades. The personal is political here, and the personal reeks.

She'd been arguing for years -- apparently "shopping her story" around -- that her husband should increase his upkeep payments to her.

But this divorce is now 25 years old.

698 days ago
98.

j    

Are you kidding? Do your homework and research the literally hundreds of really sickening things Obama is covering about his past that the media won't tell you and the ones who want to won't because it will look like they are really digging and their networks would never let them even breathe a word about. Obama has reallly shady/dirty hands. So does Michelle. If you don't want to believe it, that is your choice. But to even consider the ugly truth about early Barack Obama, Barry Sotero you would run screaming from him to be running our country. You blind yourself because of party lines. Obama is a really shady guy. Look it all up with an open mind. All of the dots connect when you look at his past and it is UGLY. America was duped and did not care in 2008. If you ran a backgrouind check on a simple babysitter and saw just one of the allegations, similar to what is the truth about Obama...you would say no f****** way.

698 days ago
99.

Grace    

Gloria Allred is so desperate. Someone please stop this woman. People from around the world laugh at us because of people like Allred. The same can be said about the Boston Globe.

698 days ago
100.

Sonofavet    

And this Allred bid for free publicity 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.

698 days ago
101.

Rose    

Should a president be friends with such a heartless skinflint?, the argument seems to go.

And, Should a president be friends with someone who turns away his own son?

That last one is bad... for Stemberg. I don't really see the Romney angle, except in extremely contrived fashion.

I do not see any reason to think the six-years-later version of the story is much different.

I note there were no prior allegations of "juicy stuff" about Romney. Seems to me the Former Mrs. Stemberg's just relitigates the terms of her divorce every few years.

I'm not taking any position on the case of Stemberg v. Stemberg. I'm just asking what the hell on earth this has to do with Mitt Romney, except that he is -- as he was in 2006 -- a convenient catspaw.

It Also Seems To Me... That this is not a political story. It seems to me that the Romney Card has been played simply in hopes of pressuring Romney into pressuring Stemberg.

That's how it was played in 2006.

Again, I have no idea if the Former Mrs. Stemberg "deserves" more money or whatever.

I know the law seems pretty clear that she's not legally entitled to more. The settlement has been litigated (apparently more than once) and has been on the books for 25 years.

Hence, a series of non-legal arguments about it.

And I think the devious Ms. Allred is playing the media (and Drudge) for fools in what is simply a straight money play.

Stoke up interest by suggesting this is a ROMNEY SCANDAL and hope that that serves to open the vault.

698 days ago
102.

lace    

someone else's divorce proceedings??? who cares...

698 days ago
103.

Jax    

This woman, Maureen Stemberg is a complete nutcase.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maureen_Stemberg?action=comments


https://twitter.com/kyleraccio/status/260...947500482060...288/photo/1/large

698 days ago
104.

NoDifferent    

As if this is news. TMZ, talk about the violent crime in Obama's hometown, including the shootings in his own "neighborhood", as well as those in Skokie and Evanston.

698 days ago
105.

Sonofavet    

And this Allred bid for free publicity 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 extremists on a silver platter.

THEN LIED ABOUT IT - THAT, I find troubling and reprehensible.

698 days ago
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