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 CruzHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Tech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Trump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members MORE (R-Texas) condemned "Cuties" for its alleged sexualization of minors. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolice accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money 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.