An aspiring rapper who performed unlicensed cosmetic surgery on the side has testified at her murder trial that her body sculpting services were so popular that clients called her "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections."
Padge Victoria Windslowe, 45, is accused of killing Claudia Aderotimi, a 20-year-old dancer from London, during a procedure involving silicone and Krazy Glue.
Police say Windslowe fled after Aderotimi started having trouble breathing during "a touch-up" to celebrate her birthday in February 2011.
The dancer's death at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport led police to investigate the underworld of "pumping parties" and underground surgery.
Windslowe's testimony Thursday came as the judge weighed a pretrial motion about problems with earlier patients.
The so-called "Black Madam" admitted to injecting the butts of five women from New York under the business name "Body by Lillian." Windslowe told the court she made a lot of money doing the injections.
One of Windslowe's alleged clients took the stand before the amateur cosmetic surgeon. She explained traveling from New York in 2008 to have a procedure done and claimed she witnessed a friend becoming ill following an injection.
Earlier, exotic dancers testified their injection sites were sealed with the super glue and cotton balls, were instructed to stay hydrated and not sit.
Windslowe's court-appointed attorney, David Rudenstein, argued the former patient had an ax to grind with his client — upset over wanting to be part of the injection business.
The judge says jurors will be deciding "the degree of recklessness" when they weigh third-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges.
Following the pretrial motions, both sides delivered opening statements before court was adjourned for the day.
The trial is expected to last for two weeks.