Padge Victoria Windslowe stared blankly as the microphone was bent away from her mouth towards the courtroom door.
For more than an hour beforehand, Windslowe, 45, told jurors about her underground business performing buttocks injections for women who wanted bigger rear-ends.
Women like British dancer Claudia Aderotimi, the 20-year old whose death in Feb. 2011 sits at the center of Windslowe’s third-degree murder trial.
At one point, Windslowe paused for a moment before stepping down from the stand during a break in direct questioning from her attorney David Rudenstein.
“Claudia was a nice girl,” said Windslowe, also known as the “Black Madam.” “I never meant anything like that to happen to her.”
Windslowe, who never had any formal medical training, testified that Aderotimi was one of the “thousands” of women she had injected with liquid silicone since 1995.
To her knowledge, she said, none of her clients experienced health complications, let alone died.
“I would always say it’s been safe for me and my friends. We’ve been doing it since we were kids,” said Windslowe. “I thought I knew what I was doing.”
As Windslowe, who is transgender, was transitioning from man to woman, she said she received some training from a nurse in New York. She also testified about being paid to bring American women overseas to a doctor in Thailand who did buttocks injections.
And so, even as Aderotimi headed to the hospital with chest pains and trouble breathing, Windslowe said she didn’t think the young woman was headed for her deathbed.
A call from an associate the next day, however, proved her wrong.
“How are the girls?” Windslowe asked Schefee Wilson, who allegedly set up the appointment.
“What do you think? What do you think?” Wilson responded. “R.I.P., baby. R.I.P.”
Windslowe said Wilson’s words all but paralyzed her in the coming months.
“That R.I.P. rang through my soul for four years to the date,” she said. “It was the most horrible day of my life.”
The Delaware County medical examiner testified earlier this week that Aderotimi died hours after being injected after the silicone migrated into her lungs and brain via the bloodstream.
Windslowe, however, continued to perform butt enhancement procedures after returning to Philadelphia following Aderotimi’s death.
She was arrested at a so-called “pumping party” in East Germantown in 2012.
In addition to third-degree murder, Windslowe is also charged with aggravated assault after an exotic dancer landed in the hospital after being injected inside a home on Pastorius Street.
If convicted, Windslowe could face between 44 and 88 years behind bars.