A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas has indicted Netflix for "promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child" when it distributed the French film Cuties.
The controversial film sparked fierce backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.
According to a press release, the District Attorney's Office claims that Netflix, by distributing Cuties, "knowingly promote[d] visual material that depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."
A spokesperson for Netflix told PEOPLE in a statement on Wednesday: "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film."
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.
Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.
A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".
"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign.
Only one out of three Louisville police officers was charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
The three officers were serving a no-knock drug warrant at Taylor's apartment on March 13 when Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on them, hitting one of the cops in the thigh.
The officers returned fire, killing Taylor, who was shot multiple times. The Grand Jury heard from a witness who said the officers announced themselves before breaching the front door and entering the apartment.
They also heard that Taylor was not killed in her bed as was originally reported by the news media. She was standing in a hallway when she was fatally shot 5 times.
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Brett Hankison (pictured left), who was fired in June, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (center) and Detective Myles Cosgrove (right), were justified in their use of force, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference Wednesday.
Louisville police were under a state of emergency before a Grand Jury announced the single indictment on Wednesday.
In anticipation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Last week, Fischer announced the city agreed to a $12 million with Taylor's family that included police reforms.
Jussie Smollett is facing serious prison time after a Chicago grand jury returned a 16 count indictment against the disgraced actor for filing a false report of a hate crime and making other false statements to police.
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The girlfriend of former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a charge of perjury, the NY Post reports.
A Massachusetts grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins on a single charge of perjury in connection with Hernandez's murder case the newspaper reports.
Prosecutors believe Jenkins may have removed the murder weapon from Hernandez's home after he was arrested and charged with shooting his friend Odin Lloyd in June.
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The arrest (and eventual conviction) of 35 educators continues a shameful legacy in the Atlanta Public School System cheating scandal.
The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reports that 35 teachers, testing coordinators and school administrators were given until midnight Tuesday to turn themselves in after being indicted in one of the biggest school cheating scandals in modern history. Only four of the 35 educators had not turned themselves in by the deadline.
The biggest fish -- former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall -- turned herself in at the Fulton County jail just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was surrounded by her counsel who whisked her past the mob of shouting reporters. Hall, 66, wore her Sunday finest, adorned with pearl necklace and matching earrings. She was fingerprinted and sat for a classy mugshot before posting a $200,000 bond. Her bond was originally set at $7.5 million. “I don’t think there was really any serious entertainment of that,” her attorney, David J. Bailey, told the AJC.
After the break is a roll call of some of the former educators who took the walk of shame into the Fulton County jail yesterday.
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