Ex-Dictator Sues Over His Call of Duty Appearance
Manuel Noriega doesn't like being the bad guy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
A digital version of Manuel Noriega is seen in this screenshot from a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 cut scene.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Apparently you need to be careful when screwing with notorious dictators—even when they've been in prison for decades. Manuel Noriega, former ruler of Panama, has sued Activision Entertainment for what he calls the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation, and misappropriation" of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Courthouse News reports. The lawsuit complains that the video game shows Noriega committing "numerous fictional heinous crimes," creating the false impression that Noriega signed off on it. It also posits that Noriega's appearance lent realism to the game, directly boosting sales.

"In the US, individuals have what's called the right to publicity," which gives people control over the use of their image, one lawyer tells the BBC, but it's unclear if that would apply to a non-US citizen. In the game, Noriega first helps the CIA, then turns against the players. "An objective of one portion of Black Ops 2 is solely to capture plaintiff," the lawsuit complains. The real-life Noriega was also briefly a CIA informant, but the US ultimately dismantled his regime in 1989, and jailed him on drug charges in 1992. He has since been extradited, and is now in prison in Panama.

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Jul 16, 2014 11:55 PM CDT
Suck it, Manny. Shouldna been such a cun.
Jul 16, 2014 7:04 PM CDT
He should go class action with Lindsay Lohan.
Jul 16, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way! You wanna f**k with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend! Okay. I call my lawyer. He's the best lawyer in Miami. He's such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm. Thank you, Tony Montana(AL) for those lines! There ya go!