TX | One of NASA’s most successful manned flight’s ever achieved is under scrutiny after allegations of sexual abuse by the wife of one of its former astronauts, reports the Houston Gazette.
Widow Gertrude Irwin, 93, says her husband James Benson Irwin was sexually assaulted while he was part of the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program and the fourth to land on the Moon.
Irwin says the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo hashtag social media campaign has convinced her to come out and share the story of her husband.
“My husband never openly said who raped him on the moon, but it was a two-man mission so it wasn’t that hard to figure out,” she admitted in a video posted on YouTube earlier this week.
“Unless it was aliens he was talking about. He was big into those things. He would always talk about the UFOs and the aliens when he drank a drink too many,” she recalled during the ten-minute interview.
“He was never the same man again after that trip,” she recalled, visibly still saddened by the whole affair.
Irwin says her husband often complained about how his NASA partner would address sexual subjects and touch him in an inappropriate fashion during the 11-day-long trip.
“He said that there were some days that David could not keep his hands off of him” talking about former astronaut David Randolph Scott.
“Once he told me David started masturbating until he came and droplets of semen floated all across the shuttle,” she recounted, visibly disgusted.
Gertrude Irwin’s family has since taken down the video shot by an employee of the retirement home where the 93-year-old woman is currently residing.
Her daughter also told Houston reporters that her mother is currently “mentally unstable” and under “heavy medication.”
No NASA spokesman was available for comments at the time of publication.