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Texas grand jury indicts Netflix on criminal charge of ‘lewd visual material’ of a child in ‘Cuties’ film. Netflix continues to stand up for the work.

A Texas grand jury has indicted streaming giant Netflix over “Cuties,” which it says has a “prurient interest in sex,” according to a Deadline report on Tuesday.

“Cuties,” an award-winning French film that centers on four 11-year-old girls in a “sensual dance” troupe, is rated TV-MA in the U.S. — for mature audiences only.

Netflix, however, is standing behind the controversial production.

What are the details?

The Texas Rangers served Netflix with a summons on Oct. 1, according to Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin.

A portion of the indictment says that the film — as well as Netflix CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos — “knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

A spokesperson for the company said, “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”

Netflix issued a similar statement to TheBlaze in September.

According to Deadline, the charge is a state jail felony.

The film attracted heavy criticism from viewers and leaders across the globe following its release.

Maïmouna Doucouré, who directed the French film, said in September that she received death threats following the film’s release.

“I received numerous attacks on my character from people who had not seen the film, who thought I was actually making a film that was apologetic about hypersexualization of children,” Doucouré told Deadline that month. “I also received numerous death threats.”

On Tuesday, Babin shared a statement on the film, in which he said he “knew there was probable cause to believe it was criminal.”

“The legislators of this state believe promoting certain lewd material of children has destructive consequences,” Babin wrote in the now-viral Facebook post. “If such material is distributed on a grand scale, isn’t the need to prosecute more, not less?”

Babin added, “A grand jury found probable cause for this felony, and my job is to uphold the laws of this State and see that justice is done.”

What else?

In August, Netflix debuted a film poster and trailer for the film.

Following the criticism of the poster art, Netflix said, “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”

After its September premiere, social media users banded together and prompted hashtag #CancelNetflix to trend on social media, as well as a related more than petition that received more than 659,000 signatures in protest of the film.

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Louisville federal buildings boarded up as city braces for decision on whether cops will face charges for Breonna Taylor’s death

With a decision on whether or not to charge the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing anticipated this week, some federal buildings have been boarded up and in-person hearings have gone remote in Louisville, Fox News reported.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will present the findings from the Taylor investigation to a grand jury this week and after that is expected to make an announcement about the fate of the three officers who executed a no-knock warrant on Taylor’s home in March and fatally shot her.

The federal courthouse downtown and the offices attached to the courthouse have had the windows boarded up. The courthouse will be closed to the public Monday through Friday, and scheduled in-person hearings will be conducted as video conferences.

Fox News reported that there was not an official reason given for the changes, but an unnamed official shed some light on the situation:

The order did not give a reason for the temporary closure but said it came at the request of the General Services Administration, which manages the buildings. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Louisville will be closed Sept. 21-25 “due to a court order,” according to the agency’s website.

An unnamed courthouse official told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the buildings would be closed this week in anticipation of a major announcement, but did not elaborate.

City and federal properties have been targeted by rioters in various cities over the past several months in response to police violence against minorities, including Taylor. A federal courthouse in Portland, for example, has been repeatedly vandalized by protesters during a streak of more than 100 straight days of protests.

The city of Louisville paid a $12 million settlement to Taylor’s family last week as part of a civil lawsuit over her killing.

Taylor was killed March 13 when officers broke into her home on a warrant that was part of a drug investigation after midnight. After Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at the plainclothes officers upon entry, officers returned fire, hitting Taylor five times.

Walker, a legal gun owner, said he didn’t know the officers were law enforcement when he shot at them. He was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer after hitting one of them in the leg, but the charges were later dropped. Walker has sued the city of Louisville for compensatory damages and to protect himself from being arrested again in connection with the incident.