The Satanic Temple in Salem (USA) is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. for millions of dollars, claiming the company used a copied image of the temple’s Baphomet statue in the recently released “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”-series.
The temple filed a federal lawsuit in New York last week and is seeking damages of at least $50 million for copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to the temple’s reputation.
Baphomet is a goat-headed figure with horns and a beard, depicted as a seven-and-a-half-foot tall bronze statue. It is now at the temple’s headquarters in Salem.
A goat-headed Baphomet statue appears in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot series, which was released by Netflix in October.
In a series of tweets, co-founder and spokesman for The Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, says it is clear the temple’s statue was copied for the television series.
The temple says the statue’s image is being used to represent an evil church that has blood rites and cannibalistic rituals. The temple said the meaning of the statue has been distorted in the television series.
The statue appears in at least four episodes, the lawsuit states.