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Sabrina makers sued by Satanic Temple over statue

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Charles Bowen | 11 November, 2018, 02:47

The Wrap reports that The Satanic Temple is "claiming copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, asking for $50 million for each, and a total of $150 million in damages", according to court documents filed in NY obtained by the outlet.

The Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has invoked the ire of the US group over its use of a statue of the demon Baphomet. It is based on a comic book of the same name, which also inspired the show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", a series which ran from 1996-2003.

According to the publication, documents read that the "Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil". The temple says the statue cost about $100,000 to design and build. The temple has sought to place its Baphomet statue alongside a representation of the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma Capitol, and is now engaged in similar litigation against the State of Arkansas.

The statue apparently appears in four of the 10 episodes on Netflix.

Characters in the show who worship the "Dark Lord" or Satan practice cannibalism and forced worship, and the Satanic Temple argues its members are being associated with these "evil antagonists", the BBC report said.

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It has since ended up in Detroit, and has become "a central icon" for satanists, TST co-founder Lucien Greaves told CNBC.

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

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

Warner Bros. declined to comment, while Netflix didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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