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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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106.

Sherri    

TMZ do you have an agenda here much? I won't waste my time on one of your BS "News worthy" stories about a conservative candidate. This is lame even for you.

676 days ago
107.

Scary    

Yawn, TMZ.

676 days ago
108.

Throwback kid    

Did Gloria Allred have a problem with Obama and his wife Michelle sitting in Reverend Wright's church for 20 years? Wright is a racist who made horrible remarks about white people and America. What does this say about the character of Obama and his wife? Most people would walk out of that church and never go back but the Obama's didn't. Why doesn't Allred have a problem with that too?

676 days ago
109.

backfire    

So what? What is vital we know from this information?

676 days ago
110.

Rose    

This maurines divorce was over 25 years ago and she is still trying to get money out of this man. Romney did nothing. She keeps coming back all the time trying to get money Stemberg made after the divorce. She wants Romney to try to make this Stemberg give her money and a house plus insurance.

676 days ago
111.

lcmb    

Is there any skankier news whore than Allred?


I can't think of anyone.

676 days ago
112.

zeke    

Well WOOOPTYDOO!

676 days ago
113.

Sonofavet    

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

676 days ago
114.

Wildling    

You know its bad when the right wing trolls are afoot.

676 days ago
115.

MADE MAN    

America defamed Clinton for this same type of ****. Clinton was in office tho. What makes Romney so different? oh yea bc he's republican. Liar and a fraud I kinda hope romey does win the election so America can really see what type of foolery Obama's trying to prevent (SARCASM)

676 days ago
116.

PC    

Gloria Rachel Bloom-Allred is the biggest fame-wh*re tool. Always taking high profile and controversial

676 days ago
117.

PC    

Gloria Rachel Bloom-Allred is the biggest fame-wh*re tool. Always taking high profile and controversial cases. Some so blatantly over the top fabricated. But it gets her the 15 minutes she craves. Sick! Disgusting! No wonder lawyers have the reputations they do... slime balls.

676 days ago
118.

Kaveman    

WOW, look at Harvey & TMZ trying SO HARD to effect this election with their Liberal bias and dirty tricks. Pretty pathetic really, people see right through this garbage and it will backfire.

676 days ago
119.

Wildling    

Sweaty Mitt is sweating even more at the prospect of his false pure image in jeopardy.

676 days ago
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jude    

Let's pray that anything this man has been involved in that will speak to his character AGAIN will be exposed before the election! And as far as character is concerned let's not forget that his luggage was more important than his dog - WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT HIS CHARACTER? Please let's not forget who he really is! Scary for too many of us to have as a president!

675 days ago
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