A Massachusetts judge agreed Thursday to release Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s testimony in a testy 1988 divorce case that pitted one of his key business associates against a Boston socialite.

At issue is what Romney said in the case about the estimated value of Staples, then a fledgling private company in which his firm was a major investor. The office supplies firm shortly after went public and became a sensational success story.

The Boston Globe petitioned the court this week to modify a confidentiality agreement that prevents the parties in the divorce of Staples founder Tom Stemberg and his ex-wife Maureen Sullivan Stemberg from discussing testimony in the case. Sullivan Stemberg wishes to speak to the media about Romney’s testimony.

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