Noriega suing Activision over depiction in Call of Duty
Friday 18 Jul 2014 9:54 a.m.
Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Manuel Noriega, Panama's fallen dictator, is suing the publisher of Call of Duty over his in-game depiction in the hit franchise.
The incarcerated ex-leader filed suit against Activision Blizzard Inc bosses for using his name without permission in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The lawsuit, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, reads: "Defendants' use of plaintiff's image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff's image and likeness."
Noriega was convicted of drug dealing, racketeering and money laundering in 1992. He has spent the past two decades behind bars in the US, France and Panama.
Upon its release in 2013, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 became the biggest entertainment launch of all time. Its records were broken last year by Grand Theft Auto V.
Ironically, Lindsay Lohan recently launched a suit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V over the alleged use of her image for a character in the game.