*As we previously reported, when Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders announced her resignation this week, she cited a need “to address family concerns that require my singular focus.”
The former president of the WNBA did not go into details about her abrupt exit, which came after four months on the job. But the Los Angeles Times did some digging and learned that she is stepping down amid sexual misconduct allegations against her son.
Per L. A. Times:
Borders stepped down four days after a 31-year-old Santa Monica woman alleged, in a Facebook post, that Borders’ 36-year-old son had been sexually inappropriate with her.
Celia Gellert told The Times that Borders’ son, a photographer, podcast host and life coach named Garry “Dijon” Bowden Jr., offered her a “healing session.” She said she was surprised and felt “violated” when, she alleged, he touched her genitalia, kissed her neck and brushed his erect but clothed penis against her body during the session.
An attorney for Bowden, Alan Jackson, disputed Gellert’s account, saying that Bowden was giving a healing massage that Gellert had requested. He showed The Times a text message exchange in which Gellert thanked Bowden afterward, calling the massage “gentle and authentic and loving.”
“My client vehemently denies that any inappropriate or non-consensual touching occurred at any time,” Jackson said.
By the way, Gellert is speaking publicly about her experience on Facebook “because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” she said. “And I want to be strong and stand my ground and speak my truth.”
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,” said an anonymous source. “Lisa’s decision to step down was the right one for her — and for the organization.”
Gellert came forward “not out of malice or ill intent,” she said. “I’m just trying to raise awareness and create a change so that men can get the help that they need.”
Borders, 61, left her position as president of the WNBA in October to lead the Time’s Up initiative, which aims to fight workplace sexual harassment.
Rebecca Goldman, Times Up’s COO, will act as interim chief executive while the group seeks a new leader.
Borders was named the first president and CEO of Time’s Up ten months after the organization was formed in January 2018. The movement is a response to the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Hollywood executives and actors such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.