A Philadelphia woman who calls herself the “Black Madam” was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on allegations she administered illegal buttock-injections, procedures that authorities say caused serious medical problems in at least one case.
Padge Windslowe, 42, faces charges of aggravated assault and deceptive practices related to a so-called pumping party in Philadelphia.
An exotic dancer testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that she paid $1,000 for the injections on a dining room table. She said she met Windslowe through fellow dancers. The dancer, identified as Miss King, said Windslowe had silicon in a water bottle and used Krazy Glue to close four injection sites.
"The young lady purchased a product allegedly from our client," Windslowe's lawyer Douglas Gould said. "I didn't hear anything in there today that suggested to me that.. this young lady suffered a serious bodily injury. She's 23 years old and she's back to dancing."
The 23-year-old said she later suffered serious lung damage and was hospitalized for more than a week with respiratory problems. A doctor testified that the dancer has silicone particles on her lungs that can't be removed and can prove fatal.
"She acts as if she's a nurse and tells them that she has a background in cosmetology," said prosecutor Bridget Kirn after the hearing. "(King) still has silicone in her lungs."
Police believe Windslowe also injected 20-year-old London tourist Claudia Aderotimi, who died last year. Aderotimi complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing following the procedure at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. No charges have been filed in her death as detectives await extensive autopsy test results.
King said on the stand Wednesday that Windslowe told her that her injection had nothing to do with Aderotimi's death and that the English woman died from drugs.
Windslowe was being held on $750,000 bail.