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The head of the Time's Up movement has resigned after her life coach son was accused of brushing his erect penis against a woman during a healing massage.
Lisa Borders, 61, announced Monday she had resigned 'with deep regret' as president and CEO of the gender equality initiative to 'address family concerns'.
Her son, Garry 'Dijon' Bowden Jr., is alleged to have touched the genitalia and kissed the cheek of a woman during a 'healing session.'
Borders was announced with great fanfare in November last year following her work at the helm of the Women's NBA.
Lisa Borders, left, resigned as president and CEO of Time's Up 'with deep regret' due to family issues. Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman, right, will serve as interim CEO
Garry 'Dijon' Bowden Jr., the son of Lisa Borders, is alleged to have inappropriately touched a woman while providing her with a 'healing massage' on January 21
Bowden's lawyer denied the allegations against his client, saying that Celia Gellert had texted Bowden after the massage to praise his touch as 'gentle and authentic and loving'
Borders said in a statement that she is stepping aside 'with deep regret' due to family issues
Celia Gellert told the Los Angeles Times Bowden, who works as a life coach and photographer, brushed his erect penis against her during a healing massage on January 21.
Bowden's lawyer, Alan Jackson, refuted the allegations and provided the Times with text messages sent by Gellert after the healing session saying it was 'gentle and authentic and loving.'
Borders' son was advertising treatments on his website - Dijon's Dimension - which included a two-hour 'Shakti Invocation' priced at $333.
Gellert publicized Bowden's alleged misconduct in a private Facebook group saying she did not want it to happen to anyone else and to 'speak my truth.'
The phrase - 'speak my truth' - has become a central creed in the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to empower women.
A source told the Times that Borders was unable to reconcile her role as a mother and as an advocate for the women's movement against sexual harassment.
Within 24 hours of Borders learning of the accusations against her son she had met with the Time's Up board to discuss her untenable position as CEO, the source said.
Time's Up was formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.
Borders said in a statement Monday: 'As Time's Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to shepherd its continued development.
A source said that Borders was unable to reconcile her position of CEO of the Time's Up movement with standing by her son (pictured) as a mother
'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.'
Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO while the organization conducts an executive search.
A statement from the organization said: 'With gratitude for her work, TIME'S UP accepts and supports Lisa Borders' decision to resign as president and CEO. 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, former president of the WNBA, was named head of Time's Up last year. She had overseen the WNBA league for three seasons, joining in 2016 as its fourth president.
The organization was formed by more than 1,000 women in entertainment in January 2018 in response to sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in the entertainment industry including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.