At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, the Court of Common Pleas judge heard testimony in the case against Padge Victoria Windslowe, who labels herself the “Black Madam.”
Windslowe, 42, is charged with assault and related offenses in connection with the injection of silicone into the buttocks of a 23-year-old woman earlier this year. The woman was later hospitalized with respiratory difficulty.
The woman, who works as an exotic dancer, was among witnesses who testified Wednesday, telling the court that she paid Windslowe $1,000 for an injection of silicone. Windslowe kept the material in a water bottle and closed the injection site with Krazy Glue, the woman testified.
The woman’s doctor also took the stand this week to testify that he found traces of silicone in his patient’s lungs. She was hospitalized for several weeks after the incident.
Police believe Windslowe is also responsible for the buttocks injection of a 20-year-old British woman who died after her procedure last year. No charges have been filed yet in that case.
Windslowe is suspected of performing at least a dozen other similar procedures in recent months.
She has been in custody since March. She was originally held on $10 million bail but that was lowered to $750,000 last month. She has not yet been able to post the bail.
A trial date was not immediately set.
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