Noriega Sues Over “Call of Duty” Likeness

Eighty-year-old former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision Blizzard Inc. for the use of his name and likeness without his permission in its 2012 video game blockbuster “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges the game portrays him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state”. In the game he goes by the call sign ‘False Prophet’. He betrays the game’s protagonist several times and shoots his own soldiers.

Noriega is also reportedly upset his character was used to “heighten realism” which he believes helped increase the games sales to over $1 billion in less than a month after its release.

Noriega ruled Panama for six years until the U.S. invasion dubbed ‘Operation Just Cause’ in 1989 saw him deposed. He was released back to Panama in 2011 and currently resides in a hospital.

Source: The Washington Post