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Charged Nasa woman 'had no nappy'
Lisa Nowak
Lisa Nowak took part in a space shuttle mission in 2006
A former US astronaut accused of trying to kidnap a love rival did not wear a nappy during her long drive to confront the other woman, her lawyer says.

The lawyer for ex-space shuttle crew member Lisa Nowak said widespread claims she had worn a nappy to avoid toilet stops were false and damaging.

Ms Nowak was arrested in February after she drove hundreds of miles to find her ex-boyfriend's new lover.

She was charged with attempted kidnapping, assault and burglary.

Ms Nowak denied the attempted kidnap of Capt Colleen Shipman, the new girlfriend of space shuttle pilot William Oefelein.

Weapons were found in Ms Nowak's car when she arrived at Orlando International Airport in Florida, having allegedly driven 1,000 miles (1,600km) from Houston in Texas.

'Ridicule'

According to a police report released at the time, Ms Nowak said she had used baby diapers, also found in her car, to collect her urine as "she didn't want to stop and use the restroom".

It jeopardises our ability to get a fair trial when the client is the butt of jokes
Donald Lykkebak
Ms Nowak's lawyer

The information was seized on by TV and radio show hosts, who made comic remarks on the subject.

Ms Nowak's lawyer, Donald Lykkebak, on Friday accused the media of repeating the "preposterous and scandalous" story that his client drove wearing a nappy.

"It holds my client up to ridicule," Mr Lykkebak said.

"It jeopardises our ability to get a fair trial when the client is the butt of jokes."

Mr Lykkebak said prosecutors in the case had not entered nappies as evidence.

Ms Nowak was sacked from Nasa in March.




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