NASA astronaut Anne McClain on Saturday (Aug. 24) refuted claims that she inappropriately accessed the checking account of her estranged partner after particulars of their divorce had been made public within the New York Instances this week.
Whereas in the midst of their separation course of, McClain’s partner Summer time Worden has claimed that McClain accessed her checking account from a NASA-affiliated pc community, based on a report from the New York Instances on Friday (Aug. 23). Worden has accused McClain of identification theft and claimed the astronaut accessed the account from aboard the Worldwide Area Station throughout a latest area mission, and that the company’s Workplace of the Inspector Common is wanting into the matter.
In the present day, McClain mentioned in a Twitter assertion that there is “unequivocally no reality to those claims.”
“We have been going by means of a painful, private separation that is now sadly within the media,” McClain continued. “I respect the outpouring of assist and can reserve remark till after the investigation. I’ve complete confidence within the IG [Inspector General] course of.”
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There’s unequivocally no reality to those claims. We’ve been going by means of a painful, private separation that’s now sadly within the media. I respect the outpouring of assist and can reserve remark till after the investigation. I’ve complete confidence within the IG course of.August 24, 2019
The matter is at the moment being investigated and, based on this tweet by McClain, she won’t be talking in regards to the claims any extra till the investigation concludes and is resolved.
NASA has additionally responded to the claims made towards McClain. The company praised her accomplishments and profession accomplishments whereas stating that they can not touch upon private issues.
“Lt Col. Anne McClain has an completed army profession, flew fight missions in Iraq and is one among NASA’s prime astronauts. She did an incredible job on her most up-to-date NASA mission aboard the Worldwide Area Station. Like with all NASA staff, NASA doesn’t touch upon private or personnel issues,” NASA officers mentioned in an announcement to Area.com.
Based on the New York Instances report, an legal professional representing McClain has said that she accessed the account to supply monetary assist for Worden’s 6-year-old son. The legal professional said that she had traditionally offered monetary assist for Worden’s son and accessed the account earlier than with the identical password, with none path from Worden to cease doing so.
McClain is a lieutenant colonel within the U.S. Military and veteran of 1 long-duration spaceflight to the Worldwide Area Station. She joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013.
McClain has spent 204 days in area throughout her area station mission. She launched to the orbiting lab on a Soyuz spacecraft in December 2018 as a part of the Expedition 58/59 crew and returned to Earth in June of this 12 months. She carried out two spacewalks as a part of that mission.
In March, McClain was tapped to affix crewmate Christina Koch on the primary all-female spacewalk on the area station, however that plan was referred to as off as a result of an absence of appropriately-sized spacesuits for the 2 girls.