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.”
9:49 AM PT -- 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."
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.
Jessica Simpson's Mom
Files for Divorce
10/24/2012 9:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jessica Simpson's mother Tina has filed for divorce from Jessica's dad Joe.
Tina filed the papers in Texas last month, claiming, "The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities."
Tina and Joe were married in 1978. They have no minor children.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Tina claims she has separate property from Joe and wants to keep it. It's unclear what that property is.
In the county where Tina filed, there are specific rules about how divorcing spouses have to behave toward each other during proceedings -- they can't curse at each other, harass each other over the phone, or physically attack each other ... basically they HAVE to act like civilized adults.
If one spouse violates the rules, they could be found in contempt of court.
Joe filed a response to Tina's divorce petition days later, insisting Tina get nothing from the split.
Joe and Tina both played a pivotal role in turning their daughters Jessica and Ashlee into pop superstars.
A rep for the family just released a statement, saying, "It is an amicable split and there is no third party involved. Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time."
Donald Trump to Obama:
I WILL DONATE $5 MILLION
If You Release College Records
10/24/2012 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump has just issued a $5 million challenge to Barack Obama -- if POTUS releases his college records, Trump says he'll donate $5 mil to a charity of B.O.'s choice.
Trump just made the "announcement" via a YouTube video -- saying, "If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications ... and if he gives his passport applications and records I will give to a charity of his choice -- Inner City Children of Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS Research ... a check immediately for 5 million dollars."
Trump continued, "The check will be given within one hour after he releases all of the records ... he'll be doing a great service for the country if he does this."
"If he releases these records, it will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans ... they'll know something about their president ... their President will become transparent ... like other Presidents."
Trump had been teasing his "announcement" for days -- saying it could have an impact on the election.
Arrested for DUI ... Again
10/24/2012 3:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bobby Brown was just arrested for DUI ... for the second time this year, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Brown was pulled over around 1AM when police observed the singer driving erratically on an L.A. street.
According to law enforcement sources, officers approached Brown's vehicle and detected a strong odor of alcohol -- at which point they asked Brown to get out of his car.
We're told Brown performed a field sobriety test, but didn't do very well -- so he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He's currently being booked.
Brown was previously arrested for DUI in March and sought treatment for alcohol abuse issues over the summer. He also has a DUI conviction on his record from 1996.
Chris Brown's Ex
Rihanna Doesn't Faze Me
I Still Want Chris Back
10/24/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's recently-dumped ex Karrueche Tran still believes she has a future with the singer -- in fact, Karrueche is telling friends, she's not gonna stop trying to get with CB just because Rihanna's back in the picture.
Sources close to Karrueche tell TMZ, she was hurt when Brown gave her the axe a few weeks ago ... but she never stopped loving him -- and now, she is on a mission to get him back.
We're told Karrueche got used to a certain level of celebrity while dating the singer, and she's not ready to "go back to being basic" -- even if that means messing around with Brown, while he's messing with RiRi.
Eventually, we're told Karrueche hopes to edge Rihanna back out of the picture.
Case in point -- Karrueche and CB were spotted hanging out together Monday in Burbank, CA ... two days after Rihanna and CB were spotted together in L.A.
As we previously reported, CB broke up with Karrueche earlier this month -- citing RiRi as the reason -- saying, "I love Karrueche very much but I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna."
Legal Threat Over Nude Pic
... Those Aren't My Boobs!
10/24/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DO NOT Photoshop Megan Fox's naked face on another chick's naked body ... and then publish it online ... because she will sue the crap out of you -- at least that's the threat she sent to one website this week.
Megan's legal team fired off the cease and desist letter to a parody website called Celebrity Jihad -- after the site published a shockingly good Photoshopped pic last week, depicting Megan's face on a naked chick's body.
But Megan's lawyers aren't impressed with the image-doctoring skills -- claiming the photo is 100% fake (no duh) and must be taken down ASAP ... or they'll sue.
A rep for Celebrity Jihad tells TMZ ... "While we appreciate Megan Fox's concern for her image, we find it hard to believe that a woman who spent two Transformers movies bent over with her breasts pressed together could have her reputation damaged by a blatantly satirical website."
Has Been Released
... By Eva Longoria
10/23/2012 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez has just lost his best wide receiver ... Eva Longoria.
Eva's rep has confirmed ... the two have officially called it quits after several months of dating.
Chalk up another loss for Sanchez (25 years old) -- who already took a beating from the Patriots this weekend.
As for Eva (37 years old) ... at least she won't have to remove any body ink from her body this time.
CRAZY Motorcycle Crash
10/23/2012 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Video footage of a motorcycle accident that nearly wiped out Jay Leno has surfaced ... one year after the crash -- and now, it could prove the WRONG PERSON was blamed for causing the collision.
Leno and the motorcyclists involved in the collision were taking part in a charity benefit called the "Love Ride" last October when the accident occurred on an L.A. freeway.
You can see in the tape -- recorded via helmet cam -- a bike with two riders speeds up from behind and slams into another motorcycle, causing a massive wreck that nearly takes out Leno ... who was riding just feet away.
The woman who captured the crash on camera -- Christina Silva -- was subsequently blamed for the crash and was banned from participating in this year's "Love Ride" ... but she insists the video shows she did NOTHING wrong.
In fact, Silva tells us the people who pointed the finger at her were the two riders who rear-ended the other biker. It's unclear why they feel Silva is at fault.
Christina tells us she has decided to release the tape to clear her name. It's unclear if the people who run the "Love Ride" have seen the footage.
Unloads 90210 Mansion
For $6.7 Million
10/23/2012 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Who really needs 11,000-square-feet of living space? Not Hollywood legend Warren Beatty ... because he just sold his ginormous Beverly Hills mansion for a cool $6.7 million.
Beatty and his wife, Annette Bening, had listed the 6-bedroom, 8-bath estate for almost $7 million back in June.
Just 3 months later -- with the help of celeb real estate agent Kurt Rappaport -- they scored a serious buyer, who we're told is a Swedish hotel magnate.
As for the mansion, it's pretty amazing -- 11,000 square feet, a gym, guest house, infinity pool, spa, library and media room ... where Annette and Warren spent hours and hours not watching "Ishtar."
Cameron, Gwyneth & Chris
Three-Way Dinner Date
10/23/2012 12:45 PM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
It was a ménage à trois dinner date, as Cameron Diaz got cozy with new bestie Gwyneth Paltrow and her Coldplay hubby Chris Martin while enjoying some sushi at Sugarfish in Brentwood on Monday.
Just a bunch of average, everyday super famous A-list beautiful people grabbing a casual bite to eat together. No biggie.
Hot, Wet Bikini Babe
10/23/2012 10:40 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Chris Brown Impostor SUES
Rihanna Gave Me Herpes
10/23/2012 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another bogus celebrity lawsuit has been filed in federal court ... this time, the troublemaker claims to be Chris Brown ... and he's filed an INSANE lawsuit against Rihanna.
TMZ has obtained the documents, filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee ... in which "Chris Brown" is requesting a restraining order against Rihanna because he fears she will cause him bodily harm.
The suit contains the following (completely untrue) allegations:
-- "[Rihanna] gave me herpes and then when I threatened to file a lawsuit against her for not telling me she was infested with genital blisters she began to hit herself in the face and throw herself into walls just as Jim Carrey did in the movie 'Liar, Liar."
"Then she turned around and blamed me for the matter as a form of punishment."
-- "I woke up with three blisters on my penis ... this isn't just a regular case of American herpes, this is a case of Herpes from Barbados, which is most likely lethal."
The accuser is demanding $10 million ... along with "a restraining order against Rihanna and her case of genital herpes immediately."
TMZ broke the story ... someone claiming to be Selena Gomez's father filed another bogus lawsuit in Michigan -- accusing Justin Bieber of stealing his credit card for a penis enlargement.
Clearly, the allegations contained in the lawsuits are completely untrue ... and if the culprit is identified, he or she could be punished by the judge.
Justin Bieber Sued
You Stole My Credit Card
for Penis Enlargement
10/23/2012 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber bought himself a penis enlargement with a stolen credit card ... and he's also cheating on his GF with Ke$ha, Rihanna and Penelope Cruz ... this according to a CRAZY new lawsuit filed in court and obtained by TMZ.
Bieber has been sued in Michigan by a man claiming to be Selena Gomez's father -- who makes some of the most insane, and obviously untrue allegations ever documented in court.
Among the highlights:
-- "Bieber has cost me $426.78 and never paid me back. This money was used as abortion money because Justin Bieber got my daughter Selena pregnant in my bedroom, on my canadian bear rug."
-- "Usher Raymond came to my house on the forth of july 2012 and sodomized me with a firework and lit it inside my anal area while blaring kate perry [sic] firework song in my ear drums."
-- "[Bieber] gave selena a std and Bieber stole my credit card to buy him and sean p-ditty [sic] combs cocaine to use in drug free school zones."
-- "Bieber also got a penis enlargement with my stolen american express card. "
The lawsuit concludes ... "I'm an emotional mess ... America must boycott biebers music!"
We decided not to call Justin for comment -- because, well, you know ...