‘Black Madam’ falls ill after 2 days of colorful testimony
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An underground “body sculptor” charged in the death of a London dancer has tangled with a prosecutor who believes her ever-changing names, addresses and business ventures are the work of a classic con.
But the hip-hop artist and onetime escort-service entrepreneur known as the “Black Madam” insists she never tried to defraud anyone.
“I trusted people, people trusted me,” Padge-Victoria Windslowe, 45, said when she took the stand last week in her own defense. “I had even risen up to where celebrities were coming to get (buttocks enhancement) done, and they had the money to go anywhere.”
Windslowe, who claims to have done silicone injections on model Amber Rose and unnamed “VH1 girls,” was set for more cross-examination Monday when she was taken from the courthouse complaining of chest pains. She was admitted to a hospital overnight, a prison official said, and her murder trial put on hold until at least Wednesday.
Windslowe has told jurors she has injected her face, buttocks, hip, thighs and genitals with the same low-grade silicone product that allegedly spread to the lungs of at least three of her former clients, including the woman who died. Doctors have said the silicone spread after the needle injected in their buttocks struck a vein.
Windslowe has seemed to relish the spotlight during two days of testimony, cooing at questions about various boyfriends and sparring with Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega.
“You’re so mean. You have a nerve,” Windslowe said as Vega fired off questions about how she had “killed” 20-year-old victim Claudia Aderotimi.
“Stop saying that. I didn’t kill Claudia!” the defendant said.
Windslowe, born Forrest Gordon, has meanwhile given jurors a glimpse into a chameleon-like life that includes assuming different identities for her mother and father.
She said her late father continued to call her Forrest because he did not accept her new identity after her 1994 sex change in Ecuador. But her mother called her by her new name, Padge-Victoria.
Clients of the buttocks enhancements she performed at so-called “pumping parties” or in stealth sessions at cheap hotels knew her as “Lillian.” She became the “Black Madam” during her years with the escort services and in a Gothic music video.