Former Dictator Suing Activision For Call of Duty: Black Ops II Appearance
Written Wednesday, July 16, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Lindsay Lohan isn't the only one taking action over an alleged likeness in a video game, as former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is launching a lawsuit against Activision over the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II without his prior consent.
Noriega was convicted in 1992 for a number of crimes including drug dealing, racketeering and money laundering, before leaving prison in 2007. He was then imprisoned in Panama and still resides there. He's now suing Activision for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in Black Ops II.
"In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops II, defendants used, without authorisation or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in Black Ops II," the complaint reads. The lawsuit also states that his appearance in the game caused "damage" to Noriega, due the character being "portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorised to use plaintiff's image and likeness."
Here's an image of Noriega in Black Ops II versus his real-life counterpart.