Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders resigned after just four months following a sexual misconduct allegation against her son, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Borders, 61, abruptly resigned earlier this week citing a need to “address family concerns that require my singular focus.”
Borders did not say what those concerns were but the Los Angeles Times reports that the resignation came four days after a 31-year-old Santa Monica woman accused Borders’ 36-year-old son of sexual misconduct.
The woman, Celia Gellert, told The Times that Borders’ son, podcast host and life coach Garry “Dijon” Bowden Jr., offered her a “healing session.”
Gellert told the outlet that she felt “violated” during the session after Bowden touched her genitalia, kissed her on the neck, and brushed his erect but clothed penis against her body.
“My client vehemently denies that any inappropriate or nonconsensual touching occurred at any time,” Bowden’s attorney told the Times, showing a text message in which Gellert thanked Bowden for the massage, calling it “gentle and authentic and loving.”
Gellert told The Times that she came forward “because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
“And I want to be strong and stand my ground and speak my truth,” she added.
Borders role was ‘in conflict’ with her desire to defend son:
Borders’ “role as the president of Time’s Up was in conflict with being a mother who was taking active steps to defend her son,” a source close to the situation told the LA Times. “Lisa’s decision to step down was the right one for her — and for the organization.”
Time’s Up began with more than 300 women in Hollywood vowing to speak up on behalf of women who lacked power.
“We can no longer stand by and tolerate women's voices not being heard,” Borders said after she was introduced as the group’s CEO in October. Borders is the former president of the WNBA and a former executive at Coca-Cola. She also served as the president of the Atlanta City Council.
“On Friday, Lisa Borders informed members of Time’s Up leadership that sexual assault allegations had been made against her son in a private forum,” the group said in a statement this week. “Within 24 hours, Lisa made the decision to resign as president and CEO of Time’s Up and we agreed that it was the right decision for all parties involved. All of our actions were fully guided by our support for survivors.”