‘Black Madam' hearing set for October

Posted: August 10, 2012

Padge Windslowe, the transgender performer known as the Black Madam, will have a preliminary hearing Oct. 10 on third-degree murder and related charges connected to the Feb. 2011 death of a British woman whom authorities say died as a result of Windslowe giving her an illegal silicone buttocks injection, a Philadelphia judge ruled Thursday morning.

Municipal Judge James DeLeon made the ruling during a hearing to determine if Windslowe, 42, had the means to hire an attorney. Windslowe said she did not and, after a sidebar discussion with attorneys, DeLeon allowed defense attorney Christopher Mannix to represent Windslowe during the preliminary hearing.

He is Windslowe's attorney in another case in which she is accused of giving an illegal buttocks injection to a 23-year-old woman this February that nearly killed her.

In the murder case, Windslowe is charged with the third-degree murder of Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20, who died after receiving a butt injection at a hotel near the airport on Feb. 7, 2011.

Authorities said the British woman learned of Windslowe's butt-enhancing injections from an Internet advertisement posted by the defendant. After receiving the injection, Aderotimi began having chest pains as the silicone traveled through her blood stream and organs and died a short time later.

Windslowe had no license and was not trained to administer such injections, the District Attorney's Office said. After an investigation that lasted more than a year and a half, Windslowe was charged with Aderotimi's slaying last month.

By then, she was already in custody, having been charged in March with aggravated assault and related counts for the injection that gravely injured the 23-year-old woman this February. Windslowe is being held on $750,000 bail in that case.

Contact Mensah M. Dean at 215-568-8278 or deanm@philly.com. Follow him on Twitter @mensahdean

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