Sabrina makers sued by Satanic Temple over statue

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The Satanic Temple has filed a hefty $50-million lawsuit claiming its iconic Baphomet statue was hijacked to create a stereotypical representation of the supernatural evil in Netflix show 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'.

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

It's now been reported that the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit in NY on Thursday, suing production companies Netflix and Warner Bros for $50m (£38m) over the statue's inclusion in the show.

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".

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.

Lucien Greaves, who co-founded the Satanic Temple, tweeted to compare their statue and the one used in the television series. "Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity", the lawsuit states.

The Satanic Temple claims it spent $100,000 designing and building the statue, and that they wish people would stop using their design.

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

Greaves told United States broadcaster CNBC that Baphomet has "come to represent us as a people" and that the statue in Sabrina "dilutes and denigrates" their group.

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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