Mark Sanford was accused of tresspassing by ex-wife Jenny Sanford. The former South Carolina Governor will have to appear in court on Thursday.
The complaint claims that Jenny confronted her ex-husband, who was leaving her home on Sullivans Island on February 3 by a rear door, using his cellphone as a flashlight.
The pair were divorced in 2010 after it was revealed that Mark Sanford had an affair. The affair also derailed the politician’s career. According to their divorce documents, neither party may enter the other’s home without permission.
The complaint was filed by Jenny Sanford’s lawyer, Deena Smith McRackan, the next day. In the complaint, McRackan stated:
“[Mark Sanford has] entered into a pattern of entering onto plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff has informed defendant on a number of occasions that this behavior is in violation of the court’s order and has demanded that it not occur again.”
Jenny assured that the accusations have nothing to do with her ex-husband’s recovering career. Rather, the complaint was filed in February. A family court judge set the case for the docket last month. The date the judge set just happened to be two days after the election. The former Mrs. Sanford added:
“I am doing my best not to get in the way of his race. I want him to sink or swim on his own. For the sake of my children, I’m trying my best not to get in the way, but he makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.”
Mark Sanford will next face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on May 7. The former governor is trying to regain the 1st District congressional seat, which he held for three terms during the 1990s.
Along with the trespassing accusations, Mark Sanford also allegedly failed to make a $5,000 payment for one of their son’s college education in 2001. However, Jenny explained that matter was resolved.