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Mitt Romney

Friend's Ex-Wife Claims

Romney LIED to Screw Her in Divorce

10/24/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We haven't heard back from the Romney campaign office -- however Mitt's attorney was quoted about the Stemberg divorce in Time magazine, saying ... “This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company.  He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.”

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A rep for Tom Stemberg also released a statement ... saying, "Over the past several years, the judge in this case has made it very clear that the gag order imposed should not be violated. We have never violated this order and will continue to adhere to the court’s ruling on this case."

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Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend's wife out of a lot of money in the process ... so claims the ex-wife of Staples' founder Tom Stemberg.

Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ ... during Tom's uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing. Romney testified that the company was worth very little and Tom was a dreamer and "the dream continues."

Romney characterized the Staples stock as "overvalued," adding, "I didn't place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company's future." 

Partly as a result of Romney's testimony, Maureen got relatively little in the divorce, but we're told just weeks after the divorce ended, Romney and Tom went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in THEIR stock for a fortune.  Short story -- Romney allegedly lied to help his friend and screw the friend's wife over.

And there's more ...  Our sources say years later, Maureen, who suffered from MS and had multiple bouts with cancer, got a visit from one of Tom's guys, who gave her papers informing her that Tom was cancelling her health insurance.  Our sources say the irony here is that we're told Tom was working as one of then Governor Mitt Romney's chief health care advisers.

Sources tell us ... Tom also got custody of the couple's one child, making allegations of abuse against Maureen.   And get this ... in the mid-90s, after the divorce, Tom sent the boy a letter saying, although he loved him, because of issues related to the divorce "it will not be possible for you to be a part of our family for the foreseeable future."

Maureen lost her home in the process and struggled financially.

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judge judy    

Oh no, it's Glory Hole. She needs to go back to picking on Octoc*nt and stay out of anything important. At least she stopped that stupid wearing of "all red" that she used to do, after I sued her for causing nightmares that I was being chased by a gigantic tampon...

640 days ago
602.

edmarine    

Allred is involved?? Ahahahha.. hahahhahaa... hahhahaha... Time for my coffee

640 days ago
603.

bogopogo    

Oh no... that evil husband! He didn't want to cover his wife's insurance after they divorced. The HORROR!!!

Maybe if the wife wanted to keep that insurance she should have made it part of her settlement??? Nah - it's much easier to blame the evil husband - because he's buds with Mitt Romney.

Oh, and it's not like she got "relatively little" in the divorce - she did get (according to other reports) 500,000 shares in Staples.

I think the real reason why she's mad is that she sold half of them before the price shot up.

Here's what I don't understand. If Mitt "lied under oath" - why is it the judge doesn't seem that concerned about it? Wouldn't lying under oath be considered perjury? Wouldn't the court care about enforcing that?

Let's face it - this is just a naked partisan political attempt to make Mitt Romney look bad. The judge in this case should rip Alred a new one - and tell her to stop wasting tax dollars trying to score political points for her buddy Obama.

If Alred really cared about this - she wouldn't have waited over 20 years to do something about it.

640 days ago
604.

kaycee    

Maureen got "relatively little in the divorce?" I don't know - 500,000 shares valued at $2.25 each doesn't sound like chump change. The fact that she sold out before the IPO, when they went up to $19 each sounds like she got bad advice from her stockbroker. The divorce happened in 1991 - before Staples hit it big. Maureen and Gloria sound like they deserve each other.

640 days ago
605.

Christina H.    

Nothing tells you more about how a person will act in the future than how they have acted in the past. Mitt Romney's career as a vulture capitalist, his forcible cutting of a begging/weeping classmate's hair, and his dismissal of 47% of Americans as "less than" ought to give you a clue about how little regard he will have for us if he gets into office.

640 days ago
606.

Mike    

This report is just another "exhibit" supporting the fact that Romney is a hypocrite, a 'stock wealth manipulator', a liar and above all, a misogynist wolf in sheep's binders. GW was a saint when compared with this super duper uber ****y and hollow creep.

640 days ago
607.

Rep4eva    

desperate times call for desperate measures

640 days ago
608.

Badman    

That says a lot about the man character. No morals. No values. A rich cameleon !
And yes the timing for this poor woman's revenge is perfect !

640 days ago
609.

lacecardigan14    

Mitt Romney would make a better president that Barack Obama! Hands Down! Period! I suppose that's George Bush's fault, too! ;)

640 days ago
610.

GreyWolf    

Romney is a walking, talking, piece of ****! I hope he loses by a landslide this election. He isn't fit to watch over a dog let alone an entire nation!

640 days ago
611.

NVLady007    

Hell hath no furry like a women who has been scorned....she will keep going until the bitter end to get even... and Obama cannot run on his own record so he has to do Character Assassination. As if some bitter ex wife is going to make someone change their vote.... I am changing mine I don't want a man like Obama in office ... Romney gets my vote

639 days ago
612.

Ratings Needed    

So what? He didn't sell cocaine in his college years. He didn't allow 4 Americans to be killed in Libya and that list goes on and on! I don't trust anything that has to do with alred.

639 days ago
613.

Patsy    

This is really unreal, does he have a lawsuit for lying under oath. What people won't do. I guess he had something about him mocking someone as a teenager, like none of us have ever done something like this and now this. 21 years ago and no proof. Please reporters get a real job and real details.

639 days ago
614.

Joybubble55    

And who cares....

639 days ago
615.

Clydene    

This is not just a lie - it's telling a lie under oath and it's misrepresenting the value of a company so that the wife cannot get her fair share. It's also probably tax evasion on Romney's part. It is a big deal and I'm not voting for a crook like that.

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