The CEO and president of Times Up has stepped down after reports surfaced of her son being accused of sexual assault.
Earlier this week, Lisa Borders announced her resignation without explanation. However, a statement from the organization came shortly after.
“TIME’S UP unequivocally supports all survivors of sexual harassment and abuse,” the statement reads. “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. 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.”
A few days after, reports from the Los Angeles Times said her 36-year-old son had been accused of misconduct by a 31-year-old woman from Santa Monica, Calf. The woman posted her claims on Facebook. The woman named Celia Gellert said Borders’ son, Garry (Dijon) Bowden Jr., kissed her on the neck, touched her with his clothed, erect penis and made contact with her genitalia during a “healing session” that was held at her home on Jan. 21. Bowden is reportedly a life coach and photographer. “It was not healing. It was disgusting,” said Gellert, a yoga teacher.
Bowden’s legal team is denying said claims and says that Gellert thanked Bowden following their session. Bowden’s attorney says Gellert described the massage as “gentle and authentic and loving” in a text message sent to Bowden, which the lawyer reportedly showed to the newspaper.