Published: Sun, November 11, 2018

Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ sued by The Satanic Temple

Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ sued by The Satanic Temple

The Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has invoked the ire of the US group over its use of a statue of the demon Baphomet.

The Temple is also seeking an injunction to prevent the series being redistributed with the image of the statue.

Founded in 2012, the group does not believe in a supernatural Satan, but instead works to ensure the separation of church and state and holds Satan as a symbol of "opposition to arbitrary authority".

The Satanic Temple - a Salem, Mass., activist group called TST for short - claims series producer Warner Bros. not only knocked off its version of the goat deity, which it calls Baphomet, but also wrongfully made it "the personalization of evil".

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District court of NY, the Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for damages, alleging the media giants ripped off an image of their statue and portrayed it as evil, when it's meant to be a symbol of good. "These original expressions are misappropriated through use of an obvious copy which is featured prominently throughout the Sabrina Series and the central focal point of the school in the Sabrina Series which represents evil antagonists".


The statue appears in 4 of the 10 episodes that became available in late-October through Netflix.

Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of The Satanic Temple, took to Twitter last month to threaten legal action over the issue.

In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, an educational institution for witches.

The statue seen during an episode of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina".

Netflix referred a request for comment to Warner Bros, a unit of AT&T Inc Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said that company does not discuss pending litigation.

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