Mark Sanford accused of violating divorce terms

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The ex-wife of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has again accused the congressman of violating the couple’s divorce agreement.


The complaint was filed Thursday. But because their original divorce agreement is sealed, Jenny Sanford’s complaint released by the family court was redacted and the sections of the divorce agreement he is accused of violating were blacked out.

Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press on Friday she had no comment.

Jon Kohan, a spokesman for the congressman, called it an attempt to attract unnecessary attention to a private family real estate matter concerning a family farm in Beaufort County.

“Choosing to settle this sort of minor disagreement in court is surprising, and even more unfortunate is when attempts are made to air these things out in the court of public opinion,” Kohan said in a statement.

Word of the complaint was first reported by The Post and Courier of Charleston.

Last year, the couple settled another complaint that Mark Sanford violated the divorce settlement by being in his ex-wife’s home without permission. He said he went to the house to watch the 2013 Super Bowl with his son.

As governor five years ago, Sanford disappeared for five days and returned from Argentina to acknowledge he had been having an affair with a woman to whom he is now engaged. He finished his term and was elected to Congress last year.

The complaint about being in Jenny Sanford’s house came as he was again running for the seat in Congress he held for three terms in the 1990s.

Mark Sanford, a Repub­lican, has no primary or general election opposition.