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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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jude    

Isn't KAVEMAN hysterical???? Do you suppose he was here posting that when TMZ made a big deal out of blow hard Trump's big announcement?????? I mean some of us thought that was odd Trump called him first! KAVEMAN go back to your KAVE

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MW    

HOW THE F*CK IS THIS A STORY!!

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bobbie    

The right wing trolls sure are up late this evening and out in drones , I mean droves. Don't you all need to get some sleep before your big day with your right wing hero, The Donald, tomorrow?

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Lola    

Underhanded Allred crap makes me more determined to vote against HER.

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Scary    

I'm so tired of Allred's meddling and inserting herself into news stories. I'm still annoyed that she torpedoed Meg Whitman - and why? To have Brown again??? From what I've heard, he wasn't great the first time. And that maid of Whitman's who was complaining - she made more per hour than I did at my Los Angeles office job that required skills. Oh, poor, poor her.

542 days ago
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Lola    

The question is which candidate will lead and protect this country and its citizens. This other sideshow crapola is stupid and nobody cares except Gloria.

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JMP    

Wait... doesn't god say divorce is a SIN??? Why is Mr. Romney supporting this act of sin? Hypocrit!

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Yankeemon90    

TMZ is lower than garbage - all they do is smear people, especially Republicans. Hopefully, there are enough smart people in the country to ignore smear attacks by TMZ and the rest of the liberal media, and that those smart people will vote for Mitt Romney on November 6th. The only unnerving thing is how many idiots actually base their votes on the lies that the liberal media tells them.

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Javajewel    

Do Donald Trump and Gloria Allred really think we're that stupid as not to recognize these ridiculous last minute ploys to sway our votes? Seriously - like we're going to vote based on what these nimrods throw at us and not the issues this county is facing. How insulting.

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Karla    

Too funny and too desperate since they do not even know if they can get the do***ents unsealed. Please much ado about nothing. Gloria Allred that says it all

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vasho    

Why didn't TMZ cover the 3rd parties Debate, which was AWESOME! Our 2 party system is killing us!!!
Everyone, especially if you are a College Student...you need to check this out
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woodin    

cancelled my account

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Eli    

You have to love the liberal douche bag media's attempts - good for you crack pipe smokers. Obuma is going down in flames.

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sissy    

Only a worthless Completely Useless Nothing Twit like the Ambulance chasing schist-er like Gloria Allred would try this.I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people! I'm an Obama supporter and even i think this is pathetic and wrong. and btw, who cares?

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Bethy    

If there is a gag order in place and Gloria Allred (of all people!) is trying to unseal the records and get the gag lifted so the wife can talk... it's because the wife is till bitter about the divorce and she likely violated the gag order by spilling details to Gloria Allred to get her to take the case. It's a family court case... I highly doubt that judge will issue an emergency order to life that without good cause, and definitely not without a proper hearing. Mitt's people, as well as the ex-husband's and anybody else involved in the case would have had to have been notified of this and could fight it.

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