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Mark Sanford to face ex-wife's complaint in court near Election Day

(CBS News) Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is in trouble over a run-in with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

Sanford is the Republican whose career was derailed by an extramarital affair.

Sanford is set to appear in court next month to answer a complaint that he trespassed at the home of his ex-wife back in February. The court date is May 9, just two days after a special election for a vacant congressional seat between Sanford and his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

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The complaint, according to documents obtained Tuesday night by The Associated Press, says Sanford violated the terms of a divorce settlement that says neither he nor his ex-wife can enter the other's home without permission. It says Jenny Sanford caught him leaving her house by a back door, using his cell phone for a flashlight.

Jenny Sanford denies leaking the documents and says that the timing of the court date is purely coincidental.

But as Stanford tries to make his political comeback, this is not the kind of attention he needs just three weeks before Election Day.

There has been no comment from Mark Sanford's camp about the incident.

CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford said on "CBS This Morning," "Think of him, it's late at night, he's leaving his house using his cell phone. Not the kind of image you want for your candidate."

Watch Jan Crawford's full report above.

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