SANTA MONICA—Chief executive of the Time’s Up movement, Lisa Borders, 61, will be resigning after a woman accused Borders’ 36-year-old son of being sexually inappropriate with her.
The Los Angeles Times, reported that Borders announced she needed to “address family concerns that may require [her] singular focus.” She did not elaborate on the circumstances of her exit after just four months on the job.
Time’s Up released the following statement via Twitter in response to Borders resignation.
“TIME’S UP unequivocally supports all survivors of sexual harassment and abuse. 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.
We respect the rights of all survivors to own their own stories. We strongly encourage anyone who has experienced sexual harassment, assault or related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers to contact the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund for assistance.
We remain committed to our mission to create, safe and dignified work for women of all kinds.”
In a Facebook post, Celia Gellert, 31, of Santa Monica claimed that Borders’ son was sexually inappropriate with her. Borders brought the allegations to the attention of the Time’s Up board, who acknowledged that she was in a difficult position. The Times found that Borders was torn between the core mission of Time’s Up and standing by her son, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Gellert claims that Garry Bowden Jr. offered her a “healing session” in which she was violated after he allegedly touched her genitalia, kissed her neck, and brushed his erect and clothed penis against her body.
Bowden’s attorney, Alan Jackson, said that Bowden was simply delivering Gellert the massage that she requested. He showed the LA Times a text that Gellert later sent to Bowden, thanking him and referring to the massage as “gentle and authentic and loving.” Bowden denies that any inappropriate touching took place.
Gellert claims she posted her experience on Facebook because she doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else, and she wants to “be strong and stand [her] ground and speak [her] truth.”
Written By Heidi Awada and Casey Jacobs