PHILADELPHIA – A hip-hop artist who has testified clients of her side gig call her the "Michelangelo of buttocks injections" may get to show off her own curves to the jury in her murder trial.
A defense lawyer for Padge Victoria Windslowe wants jurors to see the body sculpting the buxom defendant has done on herself.
It's not clear whether the judge will allow the jury to view her work firsthand.
Windslowe, 45, of Philadelphia, is charged with third-degree murder in the 2011 death of a 20-year-old client from London.
An emergency room doctor told jurors Friday that Claudia Aderotimi died after the silicone injected into her buttocks at an airport hotel spread hours later to her blood and lungs.
The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Windslowe, known to her clients only as "Lillian," allegedly fled after Aderotimi started having trouble breathing during "a touch-up" to celebrate her birthday.
Unbeknownst to Aderotimi, a native of Nigeria, U.S. border patrol agents were on alert because she and her friends had made two quick trips to the U.S. within a short time. They suspected drugs, not stealth plastic surgery.
As it happened, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stopped at the Hampton Inn just before and after Aderotimi went to the hospital in an ambulance. But they did take note of the well-dressed woman in a white Land Rover who worked as Windslowe's intermediary, referring Aderotimi and others to Windslowe through online websites.
They traced her license plate to Saddle River, New Jersey, and got leads that the faux surgeon known used the nickname "Black Madam" in her Gothic YouTube videos. They quickly learned Windslowe's name, but it would be more than a year before they could find her to make an arrest.
The intermediary, Scheffee Wilson, testified Thursday that she was in the room when Aderotimi was injected. She has not been charged with any crimes.
Windslowe seems eager to testify and tell the jury about her satisfied customers around the globe.
"Everyone was calling me 'the Michelangelo of buttocks injections,'" Windslowe said Thursday during a final pretrial hearing. "I go by feeling. ... It's an art."
Yet prosecutors have tallied at least four women who fell ill after the injections, three of whom have testified so far at trial. Melissa Lisath, a former construction company assistant manager, told the jury Friday that she spent four months in a hospital following injections at a Red Roof Inn in 2008. She spent some of that time in a coma and only recently returned to work.
"I've been on disability since this happened," she said.