Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has responded to allegations he trespassed at his ex-wife's home, saying he was there to watch the Super Bowl with his son.


"It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court. 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," Sanford said in a statement Tuesday morning. 

"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 cellphone when she returned and told her what had happened."

According to court documents obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday, Jenny Sanford is accusing her husband of trespassing at her Sullivan Island home on Feb. 3. 

The two have a date in family court on May 9, just two days after Sanford's House special election in South Carolina's 1st congressional district against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

The accusations could deal a blow to Sanford's campaign to win the heavily Republican district. The former governor is attempting a political comeback after admitting to an affair in 2009. 

"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, I agree with Jenny that the media is no place to debate what is ultimately a family court matter," Sanford said in his statement. 

"Out of respect for Jenny and the boys, I'm not going to have any further comment at this time."

Jenny Sanford told The Hill via email Wednesday morning that she didn't know how the court documents became public, saying she thought they were part of a sealed court proceeding. 

Jenny Sanford, who had considered running for the open House seat herself, has not endorsed a candidate in the House race. 

In January, Mark Sanford told The Hill he consulted with his ex-wife before entering the race for the seat that came open with former Rep. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGraham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' Sanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (R) was appointed to the Senate. 

“I went out to the beach house on Sullivan’s Island; we visited on the front porch,” Sanford said. 

“I told her if she had an interest in [running] that I’m out, because there’d be nothing crazier than a husband and a wife running against each other,” he told The Hill. 

“It’d be a circus; it’d be bad for the boys; you guys in the media would have a field day with it.” The divorced couple has four sons.