WOODVILLE, Texas (KETK) – Tyler County has handed down an indictment against Netflix for “promotion of lewd visual material depicting child”.
The charge stems from the “Cuties” movie, which was released back on September 9, starred an 11-year-old who followed a dance crew.
The documentary sparked controversy with its depiction of young girls. Texas Senator Ted Cruz called for a criminal investigation into the film earlier this month, calling it a “pornographic film.”
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways...Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography. “Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
A court date has not been set for the indictment, according to the county district clerk’s officer. Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer tweeted his reaction to the indictment:
Below is a copy of the indictment: