Netflix has been indicted by a grand jury in Tyler County, Texas. The indictment comes in response to the controversial film Cuties, and alleges “lewd visual material depicting child.”
The indictment was announced by Texas House Representative Matt Schaefer, who published a photo of the indictment on Twitter.
Netflix, Inc. indicted by grand jury in Tyler Co., Tx for promoting material in Cuties film which depicts lewd exhibition of pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 yrs of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex #Cuties #txlege pic.twitter.com/UJ1hY8XJ2l— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) October 6, 2020
Netflix has given a statement condemning the charges, stating that they have no merit, and that the company stands by the film as reported by NBC News:
We previously reported on the controversy of the film, highlighting the fact that a film about the hypersexualization of children can be accomplished without in fact sexualizing children.
This sentiment was not lost on US Senator for Utah Mike Lee either. He published in a statement:
“But setting aside the legal question, there is a more pressing moral question. Netflix itself acknowledges that the conduct of the young girls in Cuties “is inappropriate, shameful, and a hallmark of a cultural failing.” I couldn’t agree more. What I cannot understand, however, is how Netflix can condemn the conduct depicted in Cuties, while celebrating the film and filmmakers who asked several underage girls to stand in front of a camera and engage in that same “inappropriate, shameful” conduct for all the world to see.
“I reiterate my call for Netflix to cease distributing Cuties. Until it does so, Netflix lacks the moral standing to speak to any cultural issue.”
With Netflix indicted over the film, it is sure to add legal fees to the already 2.5 million subscriber loss that it has suffered over the film.