Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders Resigned After Son’s Sexual Misconduct Allegation

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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.”

Time’s Up President Lisa Borders to Resign

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Time’s Up President Lisa Borders is resigning “to address family concerns,” she announced on Monday.

“As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to shepherd its continued development,” Borders said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that I must resign from Time’s Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus. I appreciate the opportunity to support this mission and I hope my efforts will continue to resonate.”

The organization’s COO Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO, Time’s Up announced in a statement on Twitter.

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“With gratitude for her work, TIME’S UP accepts and supports Lisa Borders’ decision to resign as President and CEO,” reads the statement. “We know that it is the right decision for Lisa as well as the organization. Our COO, Rebecca Goldman, will serve as interim CEO while we conduct an executive search. We remain steadfast in our mission to create safe, fair, and dignified work for women of all kinds.”

Borders joined Time’s Up in October as the organization’s first ever CEO and president. Borders joined Time’s Up from the WNBA, where she’s been the president since 2016. The longtime executive has also been a vice president at Coca-Cola and was the vice mayor of Atlanta.

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Launched last year behind some of the most high-profile names in Hollywood, Time’s Up has been calling out workplace misconduct in the wake of several accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and many other hitmakers.

TV producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Kerry Washington, actress Katie McGrath, National Women’s Law Center head Fatima Goss Graves and ad agency head Wendy Clark spearheaded the selection of Borders to lead the organization.

See the two statements below.

Statement from Lisa Borders and TIME’S UP pic.twitter.com/Uo7MlDb8Op

— TIME’S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) February 18, 2019

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GLAAD Removes ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ From Awards Contention After Bryan Singer Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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The GLAAD Media Awards have removed “Bohemian Rhapsody” from contention for its outstanding film prize in light of the new sexual misconduct accusations surrounding fired director Bryan Singer, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Nominations were to be announced tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET from the Sundance Film Festival for the 30th annual awards.

“In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year,” GLAAD said in a statement. “This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded.”

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“Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first,” GLAAD continued. “The team that worked so hard on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as well as the legacy of Freddy [sic] Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy [sic] Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and AIDS in fair and accurate ways. The impact of the film is undeniable. We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm.”

GLAAD added that other films that involve Singer, now or in the future, should take note of the accusations presented in The Atlantic story. “The industry cannot let those who perpetuate harms against anyone – especially vulnerable young people – go unnoticed or unchecked any longer,” the organization said.

Time’s Up also issued a statement condemning Singer’s comments via Twitter. Read it below.

Variety was first to report.

The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer’s behavior are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated. pic.twitter.com/twqwbO2TJp

— TIME’S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) January 24, 2019

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