NASA astronaut accused of stealing her estranged wife's identity from space

24 Août, 2019, 19:08 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • NASA astronaut accused of stealing her estranged wife's identity from space

A family member also filed a complaint with NASA's internal Office of Inspector General.

The astronaut's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the New York Times: "She strenuously denies that she did anything improper".

The wife, Summer Worden, is a former Air Force intelligence officer who now lives in Kansas, and McClain, who was not publicly out as lesbian before the legal tussle, have been locked in an ugly divorce since 2018 that includes a nasty parenting dispute. She maintains that she was simply doing what she had always done while the couple was together: keeping on an eye on finances out of concern for the boy they'd been raising together. According to Worden, her bank account was accessed without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network, prompting her to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Worden, on the other hand, sees things differently.

Ms McClain, a decorated pilot, was a West Point graduate who flew more than 800 combat hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom before joining Nasa in 2013.

The New York Times reported that Nasa is examining what could be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.

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The inspector general conducted an interview with McClain under oath last week, and she claims that she is only continuing existing behavior that Worden had approved to manage the family's finances, the paper reported.

Her son was 1 when she met McClain. The couple were married eight months later but after three years began to struggle. She was unaware Worden had requested she no longer access the account. "I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn't keep anything private", she said.

Anne McClain acknowledged she accessed the account while she was onboard the ISS but has denied any wrongdoing.

It was after Worden filed for divorce when McClain accessed her bank records, which the astronaut said were still intertwined.

NASA responded to KPRC's questions by saying the agency "has no statement on this and does not comment on personal or personnel matters", adding that McClain "is an active astronaut".

Worden told the outlet that no court date has been set for the custody case but that the divorce should be finalized in October.

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