Netflix Sued for $150 Million Over 'Sabrina' Series

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

A Satanist group has brought a $50 million (around £38 million) lawsuit against Netflix and Warner Bros over the depiction of the goat-headed deity Baphomet on the new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in NY, alleges that four episodes of the show feature a Baphomet statue that bears a striking resemblance to the one created by the temple.

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. They're also seeking to stop any more Sabrina from being distributed or reproduced as long as it has their Baphomet included.

Founded in 2012, the group does not believe in a supernatural Satan, but instead works to ensure the separation of church and state and holds Satan as a symbol of "opposition to arbitrary authority". The statue first appears in the second episode of the show, as the focal point of the Witches Academy - the antagonists of the show.




The statue design, called the "TST Baphomet with Children" in the complaint, is called a "unique expression of an idea" that was "misappropriated" by the "highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies" behind Sabrina.

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

When contacted by Deadline, Netflix said talk to Warner Bros, and WB unsurprisingly had no comment on this highway to Hell litigation.

Their website states the group strives "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice." .

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