Netflix faces charges in Texas for promoting lustful French film ‘Cuties’

Netflix faces charges in Texas for promoting lustful French film 'Cuties'

According to a statement from Tyler county’s district attorney’s office on Tuesday, Netflix Inc is facing a criminal charge in a Texas county for promoting controversial visuals of a child in the French film “Cuties”.

The document, filed on Sept. 23, said Netflix promoted material in the film that depicts wanton exhibition of the pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex.

“Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film,” Netflix said in a statement.

The plot of “Cuties” centers around an 11-year-old Muslim girl who “starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew,” according to Netflix.

Texas representative Matt Schaefer tweeted here a picture of the indictment document and NBC News reported the matter earlier on Tuesday.

“Cuties” was previously criticized internationally for allegedly sexualizing 11-year-old girls in its promotional poster. Netflix later apologized for the “inappropriate artwork”, saying it was not representative of the film.

Last month, Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog said here it would order Netflix to block access locally to the film on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation.