Netflix indicted by Texas grand jury over 'lewd' depiction of children in 'Cuties'

Netflix indicted by Texas grand jury over 'lewd' depiction of children in 'Cuties'
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Netflix is facing criminal charges for its film "Cuties" in an East Texas county. 

A Texas grand jury indicted Netflix for the "lewd" representation of children in the controversial French film, according to the Tyler County District Attorney



The Sept. 23 indictment shows the Tyler County Grand Jury charged the popular streaming site for "promotion of lewd visual material depicting child" for its drama about a young girl who is torn between her conservative Muslim family’s values and her desire to join a dance troupe.

Among the charges in question is Netflix’s alleged promotion of material that portrays the "exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value" — a violation of the Texas penal code, according to the press release from Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin.

Netflix denied any wrongdoing after a summons was served on Oct. 1 by the Texas State Rangers.

"'Cuties' is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film," the company said in a statement to The Hill.

After its Sept. 9 release, various GOP lawmakers including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) condemned "Cuties" for its alleged sexualization of minors. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrLieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Senate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo MORE dated Sept. 11, Cruz called on the Department of Justice to investigate possible child abuse in relation to "Cuties."

Updated at 6:29 p.m.