Mark Sanford's ex-wife said she didn't make trespassing charges against her former husband public and doesn't know who did.

"I have no idea how these documents got to the [Associated Press]," Jenny Sanford told The Hill via email. "It was my understanding they were part of the sealed documents from our divorce."

Sanford accused her ex-husband of trespassing at her home in early February. Documents said she found the former governor — who is now running for Congress — using his phone as a flashlight to exit the house. 


Their divorce agreement specifies that neither is allowed at the other's home without permission. The AP obtained the court documents Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mark Sanford is working on a political comeback, running in the special election for South Carolina's vacant 1st congressional district. 

Sanford faces a May 7 contest against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch — sister of Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert. He is now due to appear in court on the trespassing charges on May 9. 

The Sanfords divorced after Mark Sanford had an affair with an Argentinian woman he is now engaged to marry. The affair made headlines when Sanford disappeared from office as governor and aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later acknowledged he was in Argentina. 

The district where Sanford is campaigning is conservative, but the trespassing charges combined with his personal history could hand the seat to Democrats. 

Jenny Sanford has sought to stay out of the race. She's refused to endorse anyone, has kept a low profile and declined to tell The Hill what she thought of Sanford's campaign.

"I am doing my best not to get in the way of his race," she told the AP on Tuesday. "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."