Satanists sue Netflix and Warner Bros for £38m over depiction of a goat-headed statue in Sabrina TV show

Satanic Temple

A picture of Baphomet on the Satanic Temple's website. Image: TST

Friday, November 9, 2018

A group of Satanists are suing Netflix and Warner Bros for £38 million over the depiction of a goat-headed statue in one of their TV shows.

The Satanic Temple claim that the statue, which appears in four episodes of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, was a copy of their depiction of the deity Baphomet.

The group filed a lawsuit at the federal court in New York earlier this week, claiming the supernatural TV show's depiction of Baphomet constitutes misappropriation, confusion of origin and injury of reputation.

 

 

In a statement, the group said the show's creators did not use "a generic Sabbatic goat commonly used in many occult circles".

Legal documents state: "What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff's unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property."

 

'Encourage benevolence and empathy'

The Satanic Temple says it does not worship Satan but instead works to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

Neither Netflix or Warner Bros have commented on the lawsuit.

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina follows a half-human, half-witch called Sabrina Spellman, who is struggling to choose between her two identities.

It is based on a comic book series which inspired the 1996 TV programme, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, which starred Melissa Joan Hart.