(Editor’s note: The story, which ran on December 28, on the Westside Current, is reprinted with permission.)
A Pacific Palisades woman was arrested for
a wild mid-flight tirade that went viral on social media.
Patricia Cornwall, whose stage name is Patty Breton, was charged with assault on Monday, according to the New York Post.
A federal criminal complaint filed in Georgia detailed the events that erupted on a flight from Tampa, Florida, to Atlanta last Thursday the report states.
Cornwall, according to the New York Post, was trying to return to her seat from the restroom when she asked a flight attendant with a beverage cart that was blocking the aisle 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 court docs the Post received, garnering the attention of the victim.
The man told her that she “isn’t black … this isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus,” according to the affidavit.
According to a video of the incident captured by another passenger’s cellphone, the two also screamed at each other to “mask up!”
The report states that Cornwall is then seen slapping the man, who shouts, “You’re going to jail!”
Police arrested Cornwall at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and she was later taken into custody by the FBI.
She posted a $20,000 bond at her arraignment. A judge ruled that she can only fly to return home to Los Angeles.
According to public records, Cornell received a real estate license in California in 2013, which expired in 2017.
“I have been practicing residential real estate for 13 years in Los Angeles/Westside,” she wrote in a recent online posting seeking a roommate in Florida, where she hopes to relocate permanently.
Decades ago, as Patty Breton, she appeared in small televisions roles, according to her IMDb profile. She was on an episode of “Baywatch” in 1987 and had a role on “Married … with Children” in 1989. The actress was also featured in “Playboy: Cheerleaders.”