A Nasa astronaut has denied committing the first-ever crime in space and revealed details of a “painful” split from her wife.
Anne McClain admitted she accessed her spouse’s bank account while aboard the International Space Station but denies any wrongdoing.
She told the New York Times she simply used the account to check the family’s finances and ensure there was enough money in it to cover the care of ex-partner Summer Worden’s son, who they had been raising together before the break-up.
Summer Worden, an Air Force intelligence officer, filed for divorce from Anne McClain last year after a four-year marriage and has reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. But her estranged astronaut wife has spoken out on Twitter to deny the allegations.
She tweeted: “There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation. I have total confidence in the IG process.”
Her lawyer Rusty Hardin also said: “She strenuously denies that she did anything improper.”