The woman who was caught on video harassing, hitting and spitting on a passenger during an airplane flight is reportedly being investigated by federal law enforcement officials and could face jailtime.
The 51-year-old ex-Raiders cheerleader, Playboy model and “Baywatch” actress is being called ‘Delta Karen’ after the video of her outburst went viral. Her real name is Patricia Cornwall and she has been charged with assault after hitting an 80-year-old man while on a flight from Tampa to Atlanta last week.
The almost 3 minute long viral video starts off with Cornwall arguing with a man on the plane, telling him to stand up. The two exchanged insults, with the man telling Cornwall to “Sit down, Karen!” Shortly after, a flight attendant asks Cornwall if she wants the police to meet her on the ground and tells her to “mask up.” Cornwall then directs her attention back to the seated man and says, “What about him?” She then begins yelling at the man to “mask up.” The man points out that Cornwall has her mask down and calls her a bitch. That’s when Cornwall smacks the 80-year-old man in the face.
Police officers met the flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and arrested Cornwall. She was later taken into custody by the FBI.
A federal criminal complaint filed in Georgia explains what caused the altercation between Cornwall and the other passenger.
According to the affidavit, Cornwall was returning to her seat after using the restroom when she asked a flight attendant for help finding her seat.
The flight attendant asked Cornwall to find a vacant seat until the beverage service was complete.
“What am I, Rosa Parks?” Cornwall snapped back, according to the court docs, garnering the attention of the victim.
The man, who felt Cornwall’s comments were out of line, told her that she “isn’t black … this isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus,” according to the affidavit.
According to court documents, the man told an FBI investigator that Cornwall spit on his face and head area after striking him.
Cornwall appeared in federal court on Monday in Atlanta. She is accused of “assault by striking, beating, or wounding in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States,” the complaint says.
In court, federal Magistrate Judge Christopher Bly set Cornwall’s bond at $20,000 and after an extensive discussion with her attorney, permitted her to return to her home in Los Angeles by plane, if she follows requirements laid out by the judge.
Cornwall won’t be flying on Delta though; her attorney confirmed in court proceedings that Delta placed her on a no-fly list.
The judge also mandated that aside from her flight home, Cornwall is not allowed to travel by any interstate commercial carrier — plane, bus or train — while out on bail.
If found guilty of the class A misdemeanor, Cornwall could face up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.