Canton, Massachusetts (CNN) – High-profile attorney Gloria Allred appeared Wednesday at a hearing outside of Boston, asking a state judge to unseal testimony Mitt Romney gave during his business colleague's bitter divorce battle more than 20 years ago.
Allred represents Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, the ex-wife of Staples co-founder Tom Stemberg, who worked closely with Romney in the company's development and spoke on the GOP nominee's behalf at the Republican National Convention.
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The Boston Globe petitioned the court on October 15 to release Romney's 1989 testimony, but the judge, Jennifer Ulwick, said Wednesday she believed the documents had been destroyed.
However, Allred and her client, Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, the ex-wife involved in the divorce case, urged the court to agree to the newspaper's request, and, in a surprise move, provided volumes of Romney's testimony to the court.
Allred, however, said she was unable to comment on the content of the sealed testimony or if it could be damaging to Romney's presidential bid.
Stemberg's attorney also admitted to having additional transcripts from the decades-old case.
Robert Jones, the attorney representing Romney was anxious to move forward with the proceeding, and took no position on the openness of future hearings with regards to a camera in the courtroom or if they are open to the public.
"We're in a little bit of a spin cycle and the longer we sit on this the harder it gets," Jones said, adding: "From the governor's stand point, the sooner we get out of here the better."
The judge is giving all parties 24 hours to pore over hundreds of pages of testimony before they meet Thursday at 9 a.m. ET to continue arguing whether the testimony should be made public, as requested by The Boston Globe, Sullivan and Allred.
- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.