Sharon Gans, who died in January at age 85, ran the ‘ultra-secret cult’ Odyssey Examine Group
Two members of an ‘ultra-secret theatre cult’ in New York Metropolis declare they needed to pay to work as unpaid housekeepers, cooks and assistants for founder Sharon Gans and her husband.
Stephanie Rosenberg and Marjorie Hochman filed a lawsuit towards the Odyssey Examine Group – which marketed itself as a theatrical research group however was in actuality, an alleged cult – and property managers for actress Gans, in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom on Monday.
The 2 ladies, 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 ‘private assistants, cooks, housekeepers, drivers, and private buyers for Gans’ who lived in luxurious together with her husband on the Plaza lodge.
Rosenberg and Hochman say they witnessed bodily and psychological abuse, little one abuse, sexual abuse, personal adoptions, organized marriages, and monetary crimes throughout their time in Gans’ group.
Examples of the extra critical allegations aren’t spelled out within the 21-page-lawsuit.
‘By way of strategies historically utilized by cults to groom, intimidate, weaken, gaslight, and exploit their victims, OSG coerced and tricked its members,’ the go well with states.
‘The members of the cult made Defendants Sharon Gans and others very wealthy.’
The 2 ladies who filed the lawsuit and different members allegedly labored as many as 80 hours per week and paid for issues like groceries out of their very own pockets as a part of their participation within the group.
Gans (left) and her husband Alex Horn reportedly fled San Francisco within the late Nineteen Seventies after an identical group, Theatre of All Potentialities, was accused of kid neglect and bodily abuse
The group allegedly handled its members as slaves, utilizing them without cost labor and demanding month-to-month $400 dues that allowed Gans to purchase an $8.5 million residence within the Plaza Lodge
They’re asking to have their month-to-month $400 charges reimbursed together with cost for hundreds of hours of unpaid labor.
Gans gained an Obie Award for Finest Actress in 1966 for her efficiency in Quickly Jack November. She then starred in a 1972 movie model of Slaughterhouse-5. She died in January at age 85.
Gans and her husband Alex Horn fled San Francisco within the late Nineteen Seventies after comparable allegations about their first group, Theatre of All Potentialities, had been revealed within the San Francisco Chronicle in December 1978.
Theatre of All Potentialities members instructed the Chronicle and San Francisco officers they paid hundreds to study the strategies of Russian philosophers George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky.
Members of that group stated they had been overwhelmed in the event that they didn’t promote sufficient dinner present tickets to individuals they had been instructed to confront on the street.
In addition they alleged little one neglect as youngsters had been left backstage whereas their dad and mom rehearsed or carried out ‘numerous different chores.’
Members instructed authorities and the San Francisco Chronicle that they noticed youngsters being uncared for backstage whereas their dad and mom carried out numerous chores
Gans and her husband reportedly believed that the trail to self-development entails labor and intentional struggling, based on the New York Submit.
After the San Francisco debacle, Sharon and her husband arrange store in New York within the early Nineteen Eighties and had been ultimately capable of purchase an $8.5 million residence at Manhattan’s Plaza Lodge with cash collected from their topics, based on the Submit.
‘In my 30 years of working on this discipline, this is among the most secretive teams I’ve encountered,’ stated cult professional Rick Ross, a key witness within the latest trial of New York-based intercourse cult Nxivm, which ensnared a lot of Hollywood actors and filmmakers underneath the spell of chief Keith Reniere.
Ross tried unsuccessfully to stage an intervention for an OGS member within the early 2000s.
‘After San Francisco, all the things was hush-hush,’ he instructed the Submit.
Monday’s lawsuit states Rosenberg and Hochman joined the group in 2005 ‘as a result of they had been knowledgeable by prior members and the leaders that OSG would assist enhance their lives economically, bodily, and spiritually.’
The group masqueraded ‘as a research group or “esoteric college of internal improvement” offering distinctive alternatives for “self-improvement” and “self-development,’ based on the go well with.
The go well with names Minerva Taylor, Lorraine Imlay, Greg Koch, and Ken Salaz because the beneficiaries of Horn’s curiosity within the group. Taylor, Imlay and Michael Horn are named as fiduciaries of Gans’s property.
All of them, aside from Michael Horn, had been leaders of the OSG cult, the lawsuit states.
‘Plaintiffs understood that after they left the group, they’d be shunned, declared a malcontent, and lower off from the group of buddies that had, as a direct and intentional results of Defendants’ efforts, turn into his or her whole world,’ the lawsuit alleges.
Rosenberg left the group on April 5, 2019, based on the lawsuit. Hochman escaped in or round Could 2016.
Together with the $8.5 million Plaza residence, Gans is alleged to have owned a Montana ranch and property in Mexico at one level.
In 2015, Gans’ son David Kulko left OGS and sued his siblings in an effort to dissolve the company that owned the Montana ranch, based on the New York Submit.
After Kulko left the ‘cult’ in 2000, his household lower him out of the enterprise and kicked him off the ranch that they used to ‘help, finance, and shelter the operations of the Odyssey Examine Group.,’ based on Montana Supreme Courtroom paperwork.