More than two years since she was charged with murdering a 20-year-old woman in a botched butt-injection procedure, Padge Victoria Windslowe, 33, aka “Black Madam,” is going to trial in Philadelphia, with opening arguments scheduled to begin as early as Wednesday afternoon. Windslowe has pleaded not guilty.
Windslowe, who is transgender, allegedly performed the cosmetic procedure on aspiring dancer Claudia Aderotimi (below) in a room at the Philadelphia Airport Hampton Inn using a cheap silicone product and Krazy Glue. Authorities say that Aderotimi suffered complications within minutes; she died within hours. Windslowe reportedly charged $1,000 for her services.
“She took a product meant for industry and food grain and she injected it into a young woman who was otherwise healthy, at age 20 … who then died,” Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn argued at an early hearing in the case. “That is … clear, clear evidence of malice, and disregard of the known and unknown risks she caused to other unknown women.”
In Aderotimi’s death, Windslowe is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, and the unauthorized practice of medicine, among other offenses. She also faces aggravated assault and other charges in a separate incident in which one of Windslowe’s clients wound up with lung problems as a result of a treatment she received at a so-called “pumping party” in Philadelphia, according to prosecutors.
Last August, Windslowe asked the judge to allow her to present satisfied customers to testify on her behalf at the trial, but that motion was denied. Prior to that, Windslowe sent a letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams offering to plead guilty. “Please let us amicably put this case to rest without any more negative press and media attention on our city,” she wrote.
Windslowe has remained in custody at the Riverside Correctional Facility. Her bail had originally been set at a whopping $10 million, later reduced to $750,000.
Windslowe used the moniker Black Madam during her fledgling musical career.
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