Satanic Temple sues Netflix over 'Sabrina' use of Baphomet deity

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The devil is sometimes in the details, and that's why Netflix is being sued over its new series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The group filed a lawsuit today against Netflix and Warner Bros Entertainment over a certain statue from their new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in NY (via Variety), the group alleges that four episodes of the show feature a Baphomet statue which bears a close resemblance to the one created by the temple.

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.

Netflix distributes the show, which was produced by Warner Bros.

The Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Massachusetts, defines its mission, in part, to "reject tyrannical authority" and to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

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In Sabrina, the titular character, played by Kiernan Shipka, must navigate the mortal and magic worlds as a half human, half witch teenager.

The temple alleges that the "defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet [with] Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil".

In the show, the statue sits at the centre of the Witches Academy and, at one point, cries blood.

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, posted a tweet comparing their statue with that in the show. 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".

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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