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

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In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District court of NY, the Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for damages, alleging the media giants ripped off an image of their statue and portrayed it as evil, when it's meant to be a symbol of good.

The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros Entertainment, claiming their reputation has been damaged by a statue of the goat deity Baphomet that appears in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The temple says the statue cost about $100,000 to design and build.

The Satanic Temple claim a statue featured in the dark reboot of the 90s sitcom, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, is a copy of their depiction of the goat-headed deity Baphomet.

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

Baphomet is part of its campaign to "complement and contrast" a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom.

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Lucien Greaves, who co-founded the Satanic Temple, tweeted to compare their statue and the one used in the television series.

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 goes on to say that it does not worship Satan, but exists 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", Greaves said.

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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