We have been waiting for this day. What day is that you ask? The day Padge-Victoria Windslowe -- who is on trial for murdering Claudia Aderotimi, a 20-year-old British dancer in 2011, when she injected industrial silicone and Krazy glue into her buttocks at a pumping party -- took the stand in her own defense. She is as self-deluded as she is crafty.
In the 43 years since birth, Forest Leon Gordon has undergone one transition after another. There was the 1994 change from man to woman and the new name Padge-Victoria Windslowe; her 1999 baptism as "Genevieve" (French pronunciation) by the late Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua; her identity as Gothic hip-hop entertainer "Black Madam" and provider of illegal body enhancement as the self-styled "Michelangelo of buttocks injections." On Thursday, Windslowe transitioned again, taking center stage as first witness for the defense in her murder trial in the 2011 death of a dancer who underwent one of her silicone buttocks injections. Windslowe told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women that what the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania called illegal she called a mission to bring buttocks enhancement to the masses, people who could not afford overpriced "American rock-star doctors." "I just tried to do the best, the best job I could," Windslowe testified during almost two hours on the witness stand. "I just wanted to help people, a lot of people with self-esteem issues . . . I loved being around the girls, they called me their fairy godmother." Her lawyer, David S. Rudenstein, told the jury in his Feb. 19 opening statement that Windslowe would testify that she believed the silicone liquid she injected into her clients was safe, and that she had used it on herself and her friends without harm. Windslowe acknowledged that the liquid silicone she bought from a Texas supplier was not medical grade but said "it was nontoxic. I was told you could drink it. That's why it's in me." Windslowe said she took the silicone lubricant and emulsified it with water to create a substance she called "hydrogel." She said she found that it held up better than injected body fat or medical-grade silicone, which she said was absorbed or disappeared in the body after injection. "I loved the way it worked," she added. "I felt like I was getting my money's worth." [...] Windslowe acknowledged that she had no formal medical training but insisted she knew what she was doing. Windslowe said she was taught to do buttocks injections by a nurse in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan who had given her silicone injections. Although her clients testified that she had told them she was a "nurse-practitioner," Windslowe denied it. She said she worked for a time for a doctor in Bangkok, Thailand, who treated her during her gender transition. And she said she was taught how to use a hypodermic needle to aspirate tissue by a suburban Philadelphia doctor with whom she had an affair in 1993 and maintained contact with over the years - a fact that doctor strongly denied in testimony Tuesday. "I would hope [my clients] believed I knew what I was doing because I thought I knew what I was doing," Windslowe said. Windslowe strode to the witness stand in high heels, in a black dress and long black coat, hair pulled back and made up like a model. Her outfit came after two days of warnings by Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi that her blouses were too sheer or too revealing. At the end of the day - after ordering Windslowe to change out of an earlier blouse before Thursday's trial session began - the judge warned Windslowe to wear a similar ensemble Friday, whe she resumes her direct testimony. Windslowe remained self-assured through most of her testimony Thursday although she was overcome when she recalled how the woman who arranged for Aderotimi's procedure called her the next day and told her about the death. "She said, 'It's RIP baby, RIP,' and the way she said it was just coldly indifferent. It sounded so cold. That RIP rang through my soul for four years to the date," Windslowe said.
source: Philadelphia Inquirer
She'll be back on the stand tomorrow. We can't wait to hear what foolishness she'll spew then -- before she's convicted.