Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Satanists file $50m lawsuit over ‘misused’ Baphomet statue in Netflix series

Satanists file $50m lawsuit over ‘misused’ Baphomet statue in Netflix series

The Wrap reports that The Satanic Temple is "claiming copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, asking for $50 million for each, and a total of $150 million in damages", according to court documents filed in NY obtained by the outlet.

Last week, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple revealed his intention to take legal action against the streaming service, due to his issues with "Chilling Adventures", namely a statue of their "central icon" Baphomet, which is included in several episodes.

In documents obtained by The Blast, the Temple claims the "Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil".

Both the Netflix statue and the TST statue feature a goat's head atop an athletic-looking male human who's seated with a boy and a girl on either side of him.

The Satanic Temple made national headlines in 2014 after campaigning to have the Baphomet statue placed alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom.

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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 USA government.

It has appeared in at least four of the 10 episodes and was a "key element" of the season finale, The Satanic Temple said.

"The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is a supernatural show produced by Netflix.

The group goes on to say that it does not worship Satan, but exists to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

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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