Gloria Allred’s October Surprise: Mitt Romney lied under oath in testimony in the divorce case of Tom Stemberg, co-founder of Staples and his first wife Maureen Sullivan Stemberg.
BTW, divorce was earlier – records were impounded (coincidentall?) in 1994, as Romney was running for Senate. #stapled
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) October 24, 2012
Here’s an excerpt from TMZ (H/T Elaine Clisham):
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.”
UPDATE 10/24/12 12:56 pm EST: Court sides with Boston Globe and Maureen Sullivan Stemberg that Mitt Romney’s 1991 testimony in the divorce be considered for public release Thursday in open court. Here’s more from the Boston Globe:
The court on Wednesday rejected Stemberg’s request to close the hearing, siding with the Globe, which is seeking access to the impounded testimony of Romney, now the Republican nominee for president.
Stemberg’s ex-wife, Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, appeared in court on Wednesday and supported the release of Romney’s testimony. Robert G. Jones, an attorney for Romney, said the candidate has no position on whether his testimony should be unsealed.
Gloria Allred, an attorney for Sullivan Stemberg, produced two, inch-thick volumes of testimony Romney delivered during the divorce proceedings two decades ago.