Netflix Takes on Texas: Attorneys Analyze the “Outlandish” Fight Over ‘Cuties’

March 10, 2022Media Mention
The Hollywood Reporter

Doug Mirell, a litigation partner and expert on free speech, shared his legal insight with The Hollywood Reporter concerning Netflix's dispute with Tyler County, Texas, District Attorney Lucas Babin. In multiple indictments, Netflix is being charged with promoting child erotica and child pornography by releasing the French film Cuties, a movie highlighting a young Senegalese immigrant in a dance group. Netflix denies these charges and is now seeking federal court intervention to halt this prosecution.


“Doug Mirell, a partner at Greenberg Glusker who has represented high-profile entertainment industry clients in First Amendment cases, thinks Netflix should consider pursuing sanctions against Babin for knowingly pursuing a losing case. ‘It sure seems like a baseless lawsuit.’ says Mirell. ‘Unless you have a good faith reason for believing that there is a violation of the statute, or you’ve got a good faith basis for seeking to want to interpret the statute in such a way that this conduct would be covered, that’s kind of the classic definition of what ought to be sanctioned.’”

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