Satanic Temple sues Warner Bros, Netflix for $50M over Sabrina statue

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The Satanic Temple is making good on their threats from earlier this year when they claimed they would take legal action against Netflix for using a statue they created in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The lawsuit, filed at a federal court in NY on Thursday, claims the depiction of Baphomet constitutes misappropriation, confusion of origin and injury of reputation.

While the Satanic Temple might sound like your average run-of-the-mill satanists, the group is actually known for its political activism and use of satire against what it says is Christian privilege in the US government.

Netflix, which released the "Sabrina" series on October 26, referred questions about the suit to Warner Bros., which declined to comment.

The activist group, which advocates for the Baphomet statue being placed alongside other religious displays in public spaces, claimed the makers of the show have violated their trademark after a similar-looking statue appeared in several episodes of the Netflix show.

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The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is a supernatural drama programme starring United States actress Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, a half-mortal half-witch who is torn between her two identities.

According to the complaint, Netflix, which distributes "Sabrina", and Warner Bros, which produces it, misappropriated the Salem, Massachusetts-based plaintiff's "Baphomet with Children" in ways implying that it "stands for evil". The real Satanists, it argues, did not deserve being associated with the show's antagonists, who "engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

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

Netflix referred comment to Warner Bros., which declined to comment.

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