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Writer Cormac McCarthy's ex-wife arrested after pulling pistol from vagina and threatening boyfriend

Jennifer McCarthy is alleged to have pointed the gun at her partner's head after an argument about 'space aliens' got out of hand

The ex-wife of the celebrated author Cormac McCarthy was arrested for threatening her boyfriend with a gun she pulled out of her vagina after an argument about extra-terrestrial life.

Jennifer McCarthy is alleged to have performed a sex act with the silver Smith and Wesson before pointing it at her boyfriend’s head, according to a police statement filed in the local Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Miss McCarthy, 48, has one child with Cormac McCarthy, 80, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his apocalyptic novel The Road.

She was arrested on Saturday morning following the incident and held at the Santa Fe County jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a household member. She was released on $5,000 bail, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

According to the police reports, Miss McCarthy’s boyfriend, who has not been named, said the couple had been arguing about ‘space aliens’ when she ran out of the house, but then returned, went to her bedroom and changed into her lingerie, before performing a sex act with the gun.

She is then said to have said: 'Who is crazy, you or me?' before taking the gun and pointing it at his head. The boyfriend then snatched the gun off her, fearing she was about to pull the trigger. He then put the gun in the toilet and told police that when Miss McCarthy went to get the gun, he then put it in an outdoor dustbin.

Miss McCarthy, 48, acknowledged that she had argued with her boyfriend and that they had yelled “at each other and he told her not to touch him again,” according to reports.  She also admitted to owning a gun but maintained it had been 'missing for a while'.

Miss McCarthy and Cormac Murphy divorced in 2006 after eight years of marriage.

Cormac Murphy wrote the screenplay for The Counsellor, a star-studded film directed by Ridley Scott that was released late last year.