Lisa Borders, the CEO of Time’s Up, abruptly resigned her post this week after her son was accused of sexual misconduct and her position became untenable, the organization told TheWrap on Thursday.
Borders, who had been in the job just over three months, resigned this week citing “family concerns that require my singular focus.”
TheWrap has learned that Borders agreed to resign after her son Dijon Borders, a healer based in Los Angeles, was accused of sexual misconduct in a session with a woman who went to the police.
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In a statement, Time’s Up told TheWrap:
“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 for women of all kinds.”
Dijon Borders, 36, has a lifestyle and healing business where he offers services from photography to inspirational podcasting to sessions where he pleasures women.
On a recent podcast he described one such session: “I’ve been doing Shakti invocation sessions. I provide an experience for women to feel safe and open….Part of me stepping back from sexuality was to master my own sexual energy. When I show up in those sessions I’m not being guided by my own desire. I’m being guided by serving the opening of this woman… Normally when I do it, I’m providing this experience for the woman, she’s having a good time.”
But a woman who apparently went through one such session, Celia Gellert, told the L.A. Times that she 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.”