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Deal with the Devil: Satanic Temple and Sabrina reach settlement

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Sep 16, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT (Updated)

The heated dispute between the Satanic Temple and the producers of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina over the use of a statue in the series has been defused.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a settlement has been reached between the Temple, Warner Bros. and Netflix over the use of a copyrighted statue of the demon Baphomet at the show's Academy of Unseen Arts.

The Temple sued the two entertainment powerhouses for $50 million earlier this month, arguing that the statue used in the series was an unauthorized appropriation of the same monument that was designed and commissioned by the Temple in 2014.

Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves alleged in the suit that while there have been numerous images of Baphomet going back centuries, the statue on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina incorporated "multiple points of originality" that were specific to the Temple's design (a different organization, the Church of Satan, disagreed with that assessment).

Greaves also alleged in his claim that Sabrina's portrayal of Satanism caused injury to the Temple's business. In remarks emailed to SYFY WIRE, he noted that the way Satanism was presented on the show, personified as a "Satanic cult that engages in cannibalism," were an example of "irresponsible fictions that feed real-world moral panics."

SYFY WIRE reached out to Greaves for comment on the settlement, and he directed us to a statement he posted online, which read in part:

The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros. and Netflix has been amicably settled.  The unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed.  The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

As Greaves stated, terms of the settlement were indeed not disclosed. Warner Bros. also confirmed to Marketwatch that the suit had been "amicably settled," but did not issue any additional comment.