A Philadelphia woman who calls herself the "Black Madam" has been ordered to stand trial on allegations she administered illegal buttock-injections, procedures that authorities say caused serious medical problems in at least one case.
Padge Windslowe, 42, faces charges of aggravated assault and deceptive practices related to a so-called pumping party in Philadelphia.
An exotic dancer testified at a preliminary hearing early today (NZ time) that she paid US$1000 (NZ$1300) for the injections on a dining room table. She said she met Windslowe through fellow dancers. The dancer said Windslowe had silicon in a water bottle and used Krazy Glue to close four injection sites.
The 23-year-old said she later suffered serious lung damage and was hospitalised for more than two weeks with respiratory problems. A doctor testified that the dancer has silicone particles on her lungs that can't be removed and can prove fatal.
Police believe Windslowe also injected 20-year-old London tourist Claudia Aderotimi, who died last year. Aderotimi complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing following the procedure at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. No charges have been filed in her death as detectives await extensive autopsy test results.
Windslowe was being held on US$750,000 (NZ$981,000) bail.