Just when former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford’s blood pressure had begun to come back down … a popular celebrity gossip website has released never-before-seen pictures of her ex-husband, former Gov. Mark Sanford, and his Latin lover, Maria Belen Chapur.
And these pics were taken while Sanford was still governor of South Carolina …
According to RadarOnline.com – which published the photos on Sunday – these images were taken “last summer” in the Bahamas as Sanford and Chapur snorkeled together. Obviously they were snapped after Sanford had already acknowledged his affair with Chapur (and after Jenny divorced him) – but before he left office.
Here’s one of the pics of Chapur that’s been making the rounds …
Last week, Argentine magazine Caras published the first known pictures of Sanford and Chapur together. These photos were taken on the beach at Punte del Este, Uruguay – where the couple first met a decade ago.
(To see more of Sanford and Chapur, click here).
Sanford’s only known visit with Chapur – after the scandal broke, anyway – took place on Mother’s Day weekend of 2010 in the Florida Keys. That visit cost the taxpayers of Florida approximately $1,200.
Sanford previously reimbursed S.C. taxpayers for roughly $3,000 in travel costs incurred during a 2008 sex romp with Chapur in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sanford did not reimburse taxpayers for any of the work that went into setting up the Buenos Aires trip, however, even though at this point it’s clear that the trip was set up for the sole purpose of facilitating a sexual liaison.
Sanford famously ditched his security detail during the summer of 2009 to see Chapur in Buenos Aires – instructing his staff to tell the public that he was “hiking on the Appalachian Trail.” That myth was shattered, however, when a reporter from The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper caught Sanford at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport disembarking a flight from Buenos Aires.
At that point, Sanford lied again – claiming that he had been driving the Argentine coastline by himself.
Eventually, Sanford admitted to the affair in a bizarre, rambling press conference at the S.C. State House. Days later, when it appeared the scandal was dying down, Sanford granted an ill-fated interview with the Associated Press in which he called Chapur his “soul mate” and admitted “crossing lines” with other women. He also said that he was trying to “fall back in love” with his wife – who ended up publicly exiting the governor’s mansion and divorcing him in a matter of months.
Sanford soon found himself the subject of numerous investigations into his travel practices – and was nearly impeached. He eventually pleaded no contest to thirty-seven ethics violations, paid a $75,000 fine and was censured.