Alleged Butt-Boosting Accomplice Attacked
Anger over an illegal butt-boosting operation in South Florida spilled over on the set of a popular talk show during a Wednesday night taping. An angry mother of one victim attacked a man accused of assisting in the buttock-enhancing procedures, according to a report in the Miami Herald.
The man, 40-year-old Corey Eubanks of Hollywood, Fla., allegedly worked with Oneal Ron Morris, who lives as a woman and is also known as the Duchess. Police arrested Morris in November of last year on charges that Morris posed as a doctor, injecting a combination of super glue, Fix-a-Flat tire sealant and other substances into the buttocks of an unidentified Florida woman, sending her to the hospital. Shortly after this report surfaced, dozens more alleged victims came forward. Morris has pleaded not guilty.
Eubanks, who is charged with acting as Morris' accomplice in the procedures and is out on bail, told the Herald that he appeared on the Doral-based Spanish-language television show hosted by Cristina Saralegui to clear his name. During the segment, a syringe that was to be used for demonstration purposes rested on a table on the set.
"I was sitting there talking to Cristina when the mother jumped out of the audience, came and grabbed the syringe and throwed it, and it hit me in my forehead," Eubanks told Miami CBS affiliate WFOR-TV. "I wanted to scream loud as I could."
According to the Herald report, the woman is the mother of Shaquanda Brown of North Miami, who also appeared on the talk show as one of Morris' alleged victims. A spokesperson with the City of Doral Police Department on Friday morning said that the case is currently considered an open investigation. No charges have yet been filed.
The cases of illegal buttocks augmentation in which Morris and Eubanks are charged are far from the first such incidents that have made headlines. In many of these cases, women end up disfigured from the procedures and sick from the toxic ingredients of the butt-boosting cocktails used. Some end more tragically.
In February, 20-year-old British woman Claudia Aderotimi died following a cosmetic buttocks injection administered in a Philadelphia hotel room.
In January, Whalesca Castillo, an unlicensed practitioner in New York City, was arrested for running an illegal business out of her home injecting women with liquid silicone in the buttocks and breasts.
And in 2010, a Miami woman, Ana Josefa Sevilla, was charged with a similar crime after one of her clients ended up in the emergency room with complications.
"We've heard of people having caulk or industrial-grade silicone, neither of which is approved for use anywhere in the body, injected into their buttocks," Dr. Felmont Eaves, a North Carolina plastic surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, told ABCNews.com at the time of Aderotimi's death. "There are safe ways to augment the buttocks. Fat grafts usually work extremely well, but obviously you want someone who is board-certified to do that procedure."