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Satanic Temple Files $50m Lawsuit Over 'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina' Baphomet Monument

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Adrian Cunningham | 11 November, 2018, 02:45

The Satanic Temple is making good on their threats from earlier this year when they claimed they would take legal action against Netflix for using a statue they created in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Netflix distributes the show, which was produced by Warner Bros.

The Blast reports that the Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. for $150 million for using its copyrighted design of the monument to Baphomet, with a reportedly similar version appearing in several episodes of the Netflix show, whose first season premiered in October.

A one-ton, 7-foot (2.13-m) bronze statue of Baphomet - a goat-headed winged deity that has been associated with Satanism and the occult - is displayed by the Satanic Temple during its opening in Salem, Massachusetts, U.S. September 22, 2016.

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.

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Speaking to CNBC, Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said the statue's appearance on the show, which he described on Twitter as "asinine Satanic Panic fiction", will damage what the TST represents and the work it has done.

In the show, a dark re-telling of 90s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the comics on which its based, Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, in which there is a statue of the Baphomet.

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

Netflix referred comment to Warner Bros., which declined to comment. They are suing the streaming service over a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina set statue.