Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Spurs $150M Lawsuit

Lula Sharp
November 11, 2018

The Satanic Temple in Salem is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for $150 million after a replica of a demonic statue was used without permission.

The Satanic Temple sued Netflix Inc NFLX.O and Warner Bros Entertainment on Thursday, seeking more than $50 million for their alleged unauthorized use of a statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet in the series "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina". The temple says the statue cost about $100,000 to design and build.

It is based of the same comic book series which spawned Sabrina The Teenage Witch, starring Melissa Joan Hart and running from 1996-2003.

Their lawsuit, filed on Thursday in NY, claims Netflix and Warner Bros. misappropriated the Baphomet "in ways implying that the monument stands for evil". "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".

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In 2015, the Satanic Temple pushed to install a bronze statue of Baphomet - hooves, horns and all - to counter a Ten Commandments display at the Oklahoma Capitol (the state Supreme Court later outlawed the Ten Commandments display from appearing there).

"To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search..."

The Satanic Temple says it does not worship Satan but instead works to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people". "A lot of people who haven't heard of us first stand to just recognize that monument as the "Sabrina" monument, which dilutes and denigrates the entire project".

Both Warner Brothers and Netflix declined comment in emails to CBC, citing pending litigation.

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