Since the film’s release, more than 700,000 people have signed a petition requesting that the movie be removed from Netflix and that the streaming giant be charged with exploiting minors.
Catholic News Agency,
TYLER, Texas — Netflix has been indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of promoting “lewd visual material” in the film Cuties. The French-produced film drew sustained criticism for its sexualized portrayal of minors when it launched on the streaming service last month.
The grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, indicted Netflix on the charge of “Promotion of lewd visual material depicting child,” in an indictment that is dated September 23. The indictment was publicized Oct. 6 on Twitter by Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler.
The grand jury found that Netflix “knowingly promote[d] visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic 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 prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value” by distributing the film Cuties. …