The Satanic Temple sued Netflix Inc NFLX.O and Warner Bros Entertainment on Thursday, seeking more than $50 million for their alleged unauthorized use of a statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet in the series "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina".
The suit, which names both Netflix and the show's production company, Warner Bros., as defendants, was filed in NY federal court on Thursday.
The suit claims that the "Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil".
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. The Satanic Temple says the show's statue is too similar to the real Baphomet that the organization built thanks to a successful Indigogo campaign in 2014.
It adds the Satanic Temple created its depiction of Baphomet in part "to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection". "Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity", the lawsuit states.
Netflix, which released the "Sabrina" series on October 26, referred questions about the suit to Warner Bros., which declined to comment.
In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, an educational institution for witches.
The Satanic Temple, whose formal name is United Federation of Churches LLC, said the statue has appeared in at least four of the first 10 "Sabrina" episodes, which were released on October 26, and was a "key element" of the season finale.
Warner Bros. declined to comment, while Netflix didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.