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Former Dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega Suing Activision for ‘Call of Duty’ Game

Jul 17, 2014 01:48 AM EDT
Manuel Noriega in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II"
(Photo : Youtube / AllGamesBeta) Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panaman, has filed a lawsuit against game publisher Activision for inappropriately portraying him in the game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, has taken legal actions against the game publisher Activision for its "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" video game, according to the Independent.

Noriega reigned as the dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989. He was removed from power after the U.S. entered the country and captured him.

Currently serving a seven-year prison sentence, Noriega filed a lawsuit against the company on Tuesday claiming it inappropriately used his image for financial gain and portrayed him in a negative manner.  

The lawsuit also explained that Activision illegally used Noriega's image in order to increase the popularity of its game, Courthouse News reported.

"Defendant's use of plaintiff's image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff," the lawsuit read. "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."

"This cause plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received," the file continued.

In "Call of Duty," the former dictator appeared as a character and in video clips in the "Black Ops II" mission "Suffer With Me," according to Kotaku.

In the mission, Noriega is portrayed as the main antagonist who is accused of numerous crimes.

Other characters in the game often referred to him as "piece of sh*t," "a**hole" and "old pineapple face himself, Manuel Noriega."  

The last remark is in reference to the Panamanian's nickname for Noriega during his reign due to his pockmarked facial features.

According to the lawsuit, he is featured as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state. An objective of one portion of 'Black Ops II' is solely to capture [the] plaintiff."

Under the legal representation of Thomas Girardi of the law firm Girardi & Keese, Noriega is seeking compensation from Activision for unfair business practices and violation of common-law publicity rights.  

"Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff's likeness to increase revenues and royalties, at the expense of plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff," the lawsuit stated. 

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