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Adam Driver’s mother-in-law allegedly was a teacher in an NYC cult

It has been reported that Adam Driver’s mother-in-law was once a teacher in an alleged New York City cult that has been accused by some of emotional abuse and pressuring members to commit infidelity, child abuse and forced labor.

Cynthia May, 67, the mother of Driver’s wife Joanne Tucker, allegedly hosted lectures for the Odyssey Study Group (OSG), her ex-husband Spencer Schneider wrote in his new book that purports to reveal an inside look at the secretive cult.

He noted, however, that he has doubts that she is still involved and made it clear that Driver and Tucker were not involved in the group.

The group was allegedly founded by “Slaughterhouse Five” actress Sharon Gans and her husband, playwright Alex Horn, in San Francisco in the 1970s and later reopened under a different name in New York in the 1980s.

Following Gans’ death from covid-related complications in January 2021, several former members of the group, including Schneider, revealed how they were forced to pay ‘lectures’ at ‘$400 a month’ to finance the lavish lifestyles of their leaders.

Adam Driver’s mother-in-law, Cynthia May, 67, reportedly used to teach classes for an alleged New York cult that has been accused of emotional abuse and pressuring members to commit infidelity. In the photo, Driver and his wife, May’s daughter, Joanne Tucker, in New York in 2021.

The group was allegedly founded by 'Slaughterhouse Five' actress Sharon Gans and her husband Alex Horn in San Francisco in the 1970s and later reopened in New York in the 1980s.

The group was allegedly founded by ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ actress Sharon Gans and her husband Alex Horn in San Francisco in the 1970s and later reopened in New York in the 1980s.

Schneider, now 62, joined the group in 1989 and then married May within months on Gans’s orders, according to his new book, Manhattan Cult Story: My Unbelievable True Story of Sex, Crimes, Chaos, and Survival.

Schneider spoke with the united states sun about the cult, which has a history of alleged mental abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, racism and child abuse, the outlet reported.

He claimed that Gans would force people to reveal their greatest insecurity or fear so that others could verbally assault and berate them.

Schneider also spoke about how his situation “wasn’t as bad as everyone else’s.”

“He would make homosexuals marry straight people, because he believed in homosexual conversion, which of course doesn’t exist, and he would also break up marriages.”

“I didn’t realize how bad it was until I was about 10 or 15 years old and I finally saw how ruthlessly he treated people and how they weren’t trying to make anyone’s life better, they were just trying to hurt them.

“But I couldn’t get out because of how involved my whole life was in that group.

I was very afraid to leave.

Schneider’s processed marriage to May lasted until 2009, when the couple divorced. He said he doesn’t know if May, who lives in Brooklyn, is still involved. And he said May’s daughter and son-in-law, actor Adam Driver, “had nothing to do with it.”

“None,” Schneider said. “I know Adam and Joanne very well, they are my stepdaughter and son-in-law.”

“They’re not involved in it, (but) I think Joanne knows about Sharon, you know, she knows about it,” Schneider continued. “But none of them have anything to do with it and they didn’t like Sharon, the children.”

“Everyone hated her,” he added. They all hated her.

May's ex-husband, Spencer Schneider, 62, wrote a book about the alleged cult, which has a history of alleged mental abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, racism and child abuse.

May’s ex-husband, Spencer Schneider, 62, wrote a book about the alleged cult, which has a history of alleged mental abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, racism and child abuse.

Schneider's new book, 'Manhattan Cult Story: My Unbelievable True Story of Sex, Crimes, Chaos, and Survival,' claims to reveal an inside look at the secret cult.

Schneider’s new book, ‘Manhattan Cult Story: My Unbelievable True Story of Sex, Crimes, Chaos, and Survival,’ claims to reveal an inside look at the secret cult.

As for May, Schneider said he has doubts about whether she is still involved.

“I have my doubts if she is still involved,” Schneider said. It may be, but she was also left out of Sharon’s will several years ago, so it’s possible that she was left out.

“And there are other things that make me think that she is no longer there,” he added.

In 2021, the alleged cult bought a $925K retreat in upstate New York where they allegedly forced people to work around the clock.

“They make the members do all the work,” a source told the Post in July 2022. “Long hours. I do not pay. Intense. People are taken there (Margaretville) without knowing where they are going.’

Later that year, two women sued the group alleging that they had to pay to work as unpaid housekeepers, cooks, and assistants for Gans and her husband.

Stephanie Rosenberg and Marjorie Hochman filed a lawsuit against the Odyssey Study Group, which billed itself as a study group but was actually an alleged cult, in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.

The lawsuit also names the administrators of actress Gans’s estate.

Sharon Gans, who died in January at 85, led the 'top-secret cult' Odyssey think tank

Sharon Gans, who died in January at 85, led the ‘top-secret cult’ Odyssey think tank

Schenider wrote in her book that Gans held herself in the same esteem as 'Christ and Buddha', imparting what she called 'ancient oral wisdom'.

Schenider wrote in her book that Gans held herself in the same esteem as ‘Christ and Buddha’, imparting what she called ‘ancient oral wisdom’.

The two women, who defected in 2019 and 2016, say they paid $400 a month in membership dues starting in 2005 for the privilege of serving as “unpaid personal assistants, cooks, housekeepers, drivers and personal shoppers for Gans.” who lived in luxury. with her husband at the Plaza Hotel.

Rosenberg and Hochman say they witnessed physical and mental abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, private adoptions, arranged marriages and financial crimes during their time in Gans’ group.

Examples of the most serious allegations are not explained in detail in the 21-page lawsuit.

“Through methods traditionally used by cults to groom, intimidate, weaken, manipulate, and exploit their victims, OSG coerced and misled its members,” the lawsuit states.

‘Cult members made defendants Sharon Gans and others very wealthy.’

The two women who filed the lawsuit and other members allegedly worked up to 80 hours a week and paid for things like groceries out of their own pockets as part of their participation in the group.

His 'Odyssey' group in New York allegedly treated its members like slaves and demanded $400 monthly dues that allowed Gans to purchase an $8.5 million apartment in the Plaza Hotel.

His ‘Odyssey’ group in New York allegedly treated its members like slaves and demanded $400 monthly dues that allowed Gans to purchase an $8.5 million apartment in the Plaza Hotel.

Members of Gans' 1970s San Francisco theater troupe said they saw children neglected backstage while their parents performed countless chores.

Members of Gans’ 1970s San Francisco theater troupe said they saw children neglected backstage while their parents performed countless chores.

Gans won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1966 for her performance in Soon Jack November. She then starred in a 1972 film version of Slaughterhouse-Five. She died in January at age 85.

Gans and her husband Alex Horn fled San Francisco in the late 1970s after similar allegations about their first group, Theater of All Possibilities, were published in the San Francisco Chronicle in December 1978.

Members of the Theater of All Possibilities told the Chronicle and San Francisco officials that they paid thousands of dollars to learn the techniques of Russian philosophers George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky.

Members of that group said they were beaten if they didn’t sell enough dinner and show tickets to the people they told them to confront on the street.

They also alleged child neglect as the children were left backstage while their parents rehearsed or performed “countless other tasks.”

Gans and her husband reportedly believed that the path to personal development involves intentional work and suffering, according to the New York Post.

After the San Francisco debacle, Sharon and her husband set up shop in New York in the early 1980s and were eventually able to buy an $8.5 million apartment in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel with money raised from her subjects, according to the post.