In a leafy enclave near Beverly Hills, behind an aging Tudor mansion, Snctm is hosting a pool party

With its hint of Eyes Wide Shut intrigue and pseudo-pagan sex cult motif

Rumoured attendees include Bill Maher and Gwyneth Paltrow

When Lawner founded Snctm, he envisioned something more intimate than previous incarnations of swingers’ clubs. From Plato’s Retreat, the disco-era den of iniquity in New York, to Paris’s thriving and swanky Les Chandelles, the more notable spots over the years have been known for unfettered debauchery. A child of hippies who spent his earliest years in a commune in upstate New York, Lawner has tried to create “a spiritual and erotic utopia” where people of like minds and desires can have as much sex and romance as humanly possible, in as many different ways as the imagination can invent, with the most beautiful and engaging people they can find. And no strings attached.

Last Saturday, about 100 of New York’s rich and beautiful gathered in the presidential suite of a downtown five-star hotel for orgies and live-sex shows. It was the first of several Manhattan parties held by Snctm, an elite erotic club based in Los Angeles that counts Gwyneth Paltrow among its fans. The Post had exclusive access to the party but agreed not to name the location, where partiers got kinky on an outdoor terrace, tiptoeing around a giant, glass-bottomed Jacuzzi.