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Novelist Patricia Cornwell takes to twitter to say she is NOT ‘Delta Karen’Cornwall

Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell has taken to Twitter to clarify she is not the now infamous Patricia ‘Delta Karen’ Cornwall, who was arrested by the FBI after attacking a senior citizen last week on a Tampa-to-Atlanta flight.

‘Those asking. No this isn’t me,’ the author of the crime book series starring fashionable medical examiner Kay Scarpetta wrote on Thursday.

Cornwell, whose book series will be developed into a television adaptation by Jamie Lee Curtis’ Comet Pictures, was unknowingly tied to the controversy surrounding Patricia Cornwall. 

The best-selling author tweeted on Monday that she had been receiving ‘some rather strange calls’ from people who thought she was Cornwall, the ex-NFL cheerleader, former Baywatch actress and high-flying realtor who was arrested by the FBI after the December 23 incident.  

‘Those asking. No this isn’t me,’ Patricia Cornwell, the author of the crime book series starring fashionable medical examiner Kay Scarpetta wrote on Thursday.

Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell has taken to Twitter to clarify she is not the now infamous Patricia 'Delta Karen' Cornwall, who was arrested by the FBI after attacking a senior citizen last week on a Tampa-to-Atlanta flight

Patricia Cornwall

Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell (left) has taken to Twitter to clarify she is not the now infamous Patricia ‘Delta Karen’ Cornwall (right), who was arrested by the FBI after attacking a senior citizen last week on a Tampa-to-Atlanta flight

Some people seemingly mistook Cornwell for Cornwall amid the media frenzy after Cornwall’s highly publicized violent outburst last week. 

Meanwhile, followers of Cornwell jumped to her defense, noting that they didn’t believe for a second the author was capable of Cornwall’s aggressive behavior. 

‘You were the first person that popped in my mind only because of the name. But, I knew it couldn’t be you because I knew you were better than that,’ Twitter user @jan_pewell replied to Cornwell’s Tweet. 

‘Oh, that kind of behavior is so not you! I feel badly that some may have made that identity mistake. It would be obvious that they knew nothing about you as a person!’ Donna HIill agreed. 

‘It’s terrible to get flak because names are similar to yours. Some people have obvious mental health issues and have poor judgement like this women on the plane. She’s [Cornwall] behaving badly but social media should leave off names cause it does more damage than good for all concerned,’ a fan of Cornwell’s books wrote.  

Meanwhile, followers of Cornwell jumped to her defense, noting that they didn't believe for a second the author was capable of Cornwall's aggressive behavior

Meanwhile, followers of Cornwell jumped to her defense, noting that they didn’t believe for a second the author was capable of Cornwall’s aggressive behavior

'You were the first person that popped in my mind only because of the name. But, I knew it couldn¿t be you because I knew you were better than that,' Twitter user @jan_pewell replied to Cornwell's Tweet

‘You were the first person that popped in my mind only because of the name. But, I knew it couldn’t be you because I knew you were better than that,’ Twitter user @jan_pewell replied to Cornwell’s Tweet

'It's terrible to get flak because names are similar to yours. Some people have obvious mental health issues and have poor judgement like this women on the plane. She's [Cornwall] behaving badly but social media should leave off names cause it does more damage than good for all concerned,' a fan of Cornwell's books wrote

‘It’s terrible to get flak because names are similar to yours. Some people have obvious mental health issues and have poor judgement like this women on the plane. She’s [Cornwall] behaving badly but social media should leave off names cause it does more damage than good for all concerned,’ a fan of Cornwell’s books wrote

Cornwall was dubbed ‘Delta Karen’ last week for punching an 80-year-old man.

She was seen in now-viral video of the incident exchanging a volley of foul-mouthed insults with another passenger which ultimately descended into physical violence, with at least one crew member and another passenger injured after trying to restrain her. 

DailyMail.com identified the victim as Russell Miller, who told cops he ‘was punched in the face and scratched on his face eye area’ by Cornwall. 

The passenger who shared the video is also identified as Clarissa Chenault, who was ‘burned by hot water because of the suspect’s disruptive actions,’ according to a police report. 

Cornwall was charged with ‘assault on a federal level’ and taken to a detention center before being released on a $20,000 bond.   

A criminal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com claims she had been trying to get back to her seat from the bathroom on a Delta Airlines flight from Tampa to Atlanta when a flight attendant with a beverage cart was blocking the aisle. 

Cornwall allegedly asked the flight attendant for help getting back to her seat, but the crew member told her to just take an open seat until they were done handing out drinks.

Cornwall, 51, was captured getting into a violent altercation with Miller on a flight from Tampa to Atlanta on Thursday after telling him to pull his mask up

Cornwall also spit on Miller as flight crew members attempted to pull her away

Cornwall, 51, was captured getting into a violent altercation with Miller on a flight from Tampa to Atlanta on Thursday after telling him to pull his mask up

Patricia Cornwall pictured in a November mugshot for a DUI

Patricia Cornwall (pictured left in a November mugshot for a DUI) who was charged with assaulting an older passenger on a Delta flight last week, was previously accused of threatening her mother 

Cornwall as Petra @RandomBaywatch Season 7 Episode 2 "The Contest"

Cornwall as Petra @RandomBaywatch Season 7 Episode 2 ‘The Contest’

At that point, Cornwall allegedly asked, ‘What am I, Rosa Parks?’ according to the complaint – comparing her situation to the civil rights icon who refused to give up her seat at the front of a bus in Alabama in 1955.

Her comment reportedly got the attention of Miller, who told her that she ‘isn’t black … This isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus,’ the complaint states.

He also reportedly told her ‘Sit down, Karen,’ to which Cornwall replied: ‘Sit down p****.’ 

The encounter quickly escalated to violence with Cornwall seen punching, scratching and spitting at Miller.  

Her attack on Miller came as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) details a record number of air rage attacks – with 5,300 reported in 2021, compared to only several hundred in previous years, according to Morning Consult. Many of the 5,300 were related to face masks.   

Delta passenger Patricia Cornwall was arrested by the FBI on Thursday after getting in a violent altercation with a male passenger

Delta passenger Patricia Cornwall was arrested by the FBI on Thursday after getting in a violent altercation with a male passenger

Spoeri, pictured with his wife and kids outside the Louvre in Paris, claimed Cornwall had already been detained twice or three times before by the authorities for mental health reasons

Spoeri, pictured with his wife and kids outside the Louvre in Paris, claimed Cornwall had already been detained twice or three times before by the authorities for mental health reasons

Courts documents also show she has threatened to kill her mother and stepfather and kidnap their children in the past. 

Patty Cornwall’s stepfather filed a restraining order against her in July 2020 claiming she made the threats while living at their house.

Robert Spoeri’s restraining order application, filed in a Los Angeles County court, says Cornwall, 51, claimed she was the real mother of his two children and he feared she ‘might kidnap them when she has a delusional episode’.

Spoeri claimed his stepdaughter, who has now been released on bail following her air rage incident, had already been detained two or three times before by the authorities for mental health reasons. 

Spoeri said it was the ‘2nd time or 3rd time’ Cornwall had been ‘put on 5150 hold,’ where a person can be held involuntarily in a psychiatric unit for up to 72 hours.  

Spoeri asked in the court application for his stepdaughter to be ordered to stay 100 yards from him, his home, workplace, his two 14-year-old kids’ school, his vehicle, and his church, Corpus Christi Pacific Palisades. 

The judge who reviewed the application, Susan Lopez-Giss, granted a temporary restraining order on July 31, 2020, telling Cornwall. 

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