Sanford: Was at ex-wife's home watching Super Bowl with son

Published: Apr. 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford, who is accused of violating a divorce settlement, said he was at his ex-wife's home watching the Super Bowl with his son, who otherwise would have watched the game by himself.

Court documents show that back in early February, at Jenny Sanford's home on Sullivan's Island, Mark Sanford went against the order that each cannot enter one another's home without permission.

Documents acquired by The Associated Press Tuesday say Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her South Carolina home on Feb. 3. Her attorney filed a complaint the next day and she confirmed the documents are authentic.

"It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court," said Mark Sanford in a statement released on Wednesday."I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn't think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."

The Wall Street Journal says Jenny Sanford told them she did not leak the report about her ex-husband trespassing at her home earlier this year.

In the report, she says he was using his cellphone as a flashlight as he left.

In an email, Sanford's ex-wife told the Wall Street Journal it was "[her] understanding [the documents] were to remain sealed."

"I did not choose to make this information public nor did I choose the timing of his last trespassing," she added, according to the journal.

We reached out to Sanford on Wednesday, but she declined comment. The couple's divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission.

"There is always another side to every story, and while I am particularly curious how records that were sealed to avoid the boys dealing with embarrassment are now somehow exposed less than three weeks before this election," Mark Sanford said in a statement."I agree with Jenny that the media is no place to debate what is ultimately a family court matter, and out of respect for Jenny and the boys, I'm not going to have any further comment at this time."

Republican Mark Sanford is trying to revive his political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair that ended his marriage. He is running for the state's 1st Congressional District seat.  He is set to appear in court two days after his special congressional election.

A spokesman says the campaign has no comment at this time. 

Copyright 2013 WCSC.  The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press contributed to this report.