Panama Dictator Sues Activision for Portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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Manuel Noriega Call of Duty Former dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega has filed a lawsuit against Activision. Currently serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking, money laundering and killing political opponents, Noriega is unhappy about the way the video game publisher portrayed him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, arguing that it has damaged his reputation. Moreover, he believes the company used his name and image primarily for making money and is therefore entitled to a share of the game’s profits. Noriega claims that the portrayal of him as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state in Call of Duty: Black Ops II are erroneous, even though those crimes are the main reasons why he is in prison. Naturally, Activision’s defense is that his reputation couldn’t have been damaged since he was already a known criminal before the game came out and that such portrayal is protected by The First Amendment. It has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, calling it frivolous. The company's attorney -- none other than the famous former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani -- also believes that the lawsuit is ridiculous and himself paints Noriega as a notorious dictator attacking Activision’s freedom of speech. He even compares the situation to the fictional scenario of Osama Bin Laden’s family suing for the “Zero Dark Thirty” movie that depicts the terrorist being eliminated by the US military. RELATED STORY: Actress Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto 5 creator Rockstar Games Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit might seem a little funny because of the irony and contrasts it presents, but while freedom of expression is a very important right, it may be that Activision actually exaggerated a little in its portrayal of the dictator in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Either way, it will be the court that decides which side is right. To keep track of how the case progresses, stay tuned to GameTribute.

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