AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) – Texas lawmakers are again targeting the controversial Netflix film "Cuties," and this time the streaming giant is being indicted.
Rep. Matt Schaefer of Texas House District 6 tweeted out a copy of the indictment today.
A grand jury in Tyler County, northeast of Houston, has charged Netflix 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," according to Schaefer's tweet.
Last month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked for an in-depth investigation into Netflix over "Cuties," which is described as such:
Written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, "Cuties" is about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant named Amy (Fathia Youssouf) who is living in an impoverished Paris suburb with her observant Muslim family. She becomes fascinated with a clique of rebellious girls at her middle school who choreograph dance routines and wear crop tops and heels. They talk about Kim Kardashian and diets, practice "twerking" and giggle about boys and sex-related things that they don't yet understand.
Cruz sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, saying the film "sexualizes young girls, through dance scenes simulating sexual activities, including one scene exposing a minor's chest."
"Following Netflix's disturbing promotion of “Cuties,” I sent a letter calling on the DOJ to investigate whether Netflix, its executives, or the filmmakers violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography," Cruz said in a social media post.
Cruz urged the Department of Justice to investigate the production and distribution of the film, including anyone involved.