Hip-hop artist accused of buttocks killing
A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection has name-dropped her way through her evidence in court, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work.
Padge-Victoria Windslowe claimed model Amber Rose started receiving injections from her before she became famous and continued until two days before the 2011 death of dancer Claudia Aderotimi.
She said under cross-examination that Kanye West dropped Rose off for one procedure when the two were dating and that she was supposed to perform a "correction" on Nicki Minaj that never happened.
Representatives for Rose and Minaj did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment.
Windslowe, 45, who returns to the witness box on Monday, talked of the dizzying array of names, addresses, careers and identities she has assumed in the 20 years she acknowledges doing underground cosmetic surgery on the side.
Clients from rappers to strippers to fellow transgender women paid thousands to plump their posteriors, Windslowe said.
"Amber was like a walking billboard," she said of Rose, who was raised in Philadelphia.
"She brought a lot of girls from VH1."
Asked by Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega why they would choose an unlicensed practitioner over a Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Windslowe said, "I was the best, and I don't mean that to be cocky."
Her Black Madam moniker, she said, came from many lucrative years running an escort service employing male, female and transgender sex workers.
She acknowledged that police found a fake passport, Social Security card and New York driver's licence during searches of some of the five Philadelphia-area properties linked to her in the years before her 2012 arrest.
Windslowe is charged with third-degree murder of the 20-year-old Aderotimi, who was injected with low-grade silicone at a Philadelphia airport hotel.
Doctors have told jurors during the two-week trial that the syringe hit a vein and sent silicone to the woman's lungs.
Two other women gave evidence that they spent months in the hospital with similar injuries after visits with Windslowe, including one who received an injection on a dining room table at a "pumping party".
Defence lawyer David Rudenstein seemingly hoped to show jurors through Windslowe's evidence that she prepped them with alcohol before and after the injections and took other safety measures.
However, prosecutors say, she mostly used non-sterile, industrial silicone, not the medical-grade silicone that is encased in implants during standard cosmetic surgeries.