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

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The temple has gained a certain amount of publicity for those efforts, and now alleges that the producers of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" are profiting from its work.

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

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. "Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

It adds the Satanic Temple created its depiction of Baphomet in part "to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection".

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


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

In the series Sabrina Spellman attends The Academy of Unseen Arts where there is a statue of Baphomet.

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

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".

When contacted for comment, Netflix referred the request to Warner Bros, however Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said the company does not discuss pending litigation.

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