Netflix and Warner Bros. incur lawsuit from Satanic Temple over statue misrepresentation by ‘Sabrina’ series

By Sarah Fischer

One of Netflix’s newest and most spellbinding shows “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” captivated its audience following its release in October, but Netflix and Warner Bros. are now tied up in a lawsuit with the least expected organization: The Satanic Temple.

As of last Thursday, the temple is suing the film companies for three violations against the organization including trademark violation, copyright infringement and injury to the organization’s reputation. The Satanic Temple is seeking at least $50 million for each alleged violation.

The temple claims the sculpture used in the Netflix series replicates its statue design of the figure Baphomet and also asserts that the show has negatively portrayed what the temple stands for.


According to its website, the Satanic Temple’s purpose is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people,” along with the rejection of “tyrannical authority” and promotion of the use of free will.

The temple said the show has inherently depicted Satanism as an evil religion based off fear and oppression, which is inconsistent with the temple’s claimed objective.

The temple may also be fighting to have Netflix and Warner Bros. completely remove the show, but Bruce Lederman, the lawyer for the Satanic Temple, said the removal or alteration of the statue may help to rectify the problem.

Actress Kiernan Shipka, who portrays Sabrina Spellman, confirmed to Bloody Disgusting that filming for the second season has already started and it is unclear whether or not this lawsuit has affected filming.


You can click here for a review of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”