NASA is investigating what appears to be the first accusation of criminal misconduct in space, alleging that an astronaut got access to the bank account of her husband's alienated side from the International Space Station, the New York Times reported. Summer Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission after learning that her estranged husband, Anne McClain, had access to her bank account while the two were locked in a fierce divorce and custody battle. Worden's parents, meanwhile, sent a letter to the NASA Inspector General, accusing McClain of running a "highly calculated and manipulative campaign" to win custody of Worden's child.
McLain admits to investigators that she had access to a bank account while on board the ISS. But she insists there is nothing wrong with her actions and she just keeps track of their finances, as she has done throughout the relationship. "I was pretty horrified that it would go that far. I knew it wasn't OK. said Worden. McCain's lawyer, however, insists "she strongly denies that she did anything wrong" and is cooperating with authorities.
McClain and Worden got married in 2014 and Worden filed for divorce in 2018. Divorce documents were filed after McClain accused Worden of an attack that Worden described as the latest move in McClain's years-long effort to obtain custody of her son. Wardon's son was born a year before the couple even met, and she reportedly was repulsed by McCain's efforts to adopt the child. McCain, meanwhile, has posted official photos of NASA on his Twitter profile, showing her along with his son, Worden, describing him as being the hardest part of being an astronaut. She has since deleted these photos.
McClain was to be part of what was the much anticipated first space path for all women. NASA later rejected those plans, claiming that there were not enough suits to include McClain in the space path. NASA denies the decision for space trails to have anything to do with the complaint lodged on Earth.
Readers like you make our work possible. Help us continue to provide reports, comments and reviews that you won't find anywhere else. Join Slate Plus.
Join Slate Plus