Netflix Indicted by Texas Grand Jury for Lewd Exhibition over “Cuties”
Streaming giant Netflix has been indicted by a Tyler County, Texas grand jury over the publication of “Cuties.” The corporation has been charged with lewd exhibition for its promotion and hosting of the film, which features scenes of prepubescent girls dancing in a sexually charged and pornographic nature.
Texas legislator Matt Schaefer shared documents filing the charges in the District Court of Tyler County.
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
The indictment accuses Netflix of “knowingly promoting visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or public area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the purient interest in sex, and has no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
A Netflix spokesperson maintained the company’s innocence following the criminal charges, stating that “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”
Netflix could potentially face fines, and civil sanctions, and company executives could potentially face jail time if the company is adjudicated to have broken laws against lewd exhibition.
The producers of this child pornography should face serious legal and civil sanction. Tyler County is a small county of 20,000 in Texas, and it’s doubtless that Netflix will retain a high-powered and elite team of attorneys to fight against the charges. However, county prosecutors could conceivably compel Netflix to cease and desist its publication of “Cuties” and any similar material depicting minors in a sexualized fashion.