'BLACK MADAM,' the transgender "gothic hip-hop artist" best known for allegedly administering the illegal butt injection that killed a 20-year-old British woman last year, was arrested last night in connection with another potential deadly injection.
Black Madam, whose real name is Padge Victoria Windslowe, 42, of West Philadelphia, was arrested in an East Germantown home where she was to host a "pumping party," police said.
She had been walking free for more than a year since Claudia Seye Aderotimi died after receiving a butt injection at an airport hotel on Feb. 7, 2011. Authorities did not charge her in that case because they were still awaiting toxicology tests of the injected substance.
But yesterday, after a 23-year-old woman nearly died of complications believed to be caused by one of Windslowe's injections a few weeks ago, cops obtained a warrant for her arrest, said Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division.
Walker said the woman had received an injection from Windslowe at a "pumping party" Feb. 19 in the same East Germantown house where Windslowe was arrested last night. The woman was treated for pneumonia at Temple University Hospital within two days of the injection but began coughing up blood last week.
She landed in Lankenau Medical Center for seven days, where she was treated for a pulmonary embolism, he said.
"It's similar to the Aderotimi case," Walker said. "What allegedly happened is Padge Victoria injected her, hit a blood vessel; the substance entered her bloodstream, goes through [and] lands in her lungs."
Walker said the woman was released from the hospital yesterday but will still have to undergo medical treatment.
He said cops set up surveillance when they learned that Windslowe had planned another pumping party at the house, on Pastorius Street near Baynton.
She arrived at 7:15 p.m., Walker said, and investigators executed a search warrant of the house and arrested her at 7:30 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault related to the injection last month.
Windslowe had needles, Super Glue, cotton balls, paper towels and a pink bag with a 20-ounce water bottle containing an unknown substance believed to be what she would inject during the party, Walker said.
He said five other people were in the house at the time of the arrest, but no injections had been administered.
"We were not gonna let it get that far," Walker said. "We knew she was gonna be there and didn't want to let it get to a point where she was injecting people."
This morning, Philadelphia police charged Windslowe with criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, theft by deception, deceptive practices, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person.
Walker said investigators would meet today with officials from the Delaware County Medical Examiner's office and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to discuss the case involving Aderotimi's death.
Aderotimi, 20, was an aspiring artist from England who first traveled from England to Philly in November 2010 to receive buttocks injections from Windslowe.
Friends who had traveled here with Aderotimi told detectives that they paid Windslowe $1,800 for what were supposed to be silicone injections
Authorities have said that Windslowe was not cooperating in the investigation. Efforts to reach Windslowe's attorney last night were unsuccessful.
In a YouTube video posted last year, Windslowe seemed unfazed by the negative publicity and implied that people were still coming to her for injections.
"Out of everything that is going on, my phone is still ringing with girls wanting to come," she said.