Judge William H. Fahey agreed with Activision-Blizzard that the suit, which claimed Noriega’s appearance in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” used his name and image without permission, was protected under free speech and should be dismissed.
Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator who has spent the better part of the past 25 years in prison, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and image in its “Call of Duty” video game series.
Noriega appeared in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” as both an in-game character and one who appeared in news clips throughout the game. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the former ruler accused the publisher of unlawfully using his image for monetary gain.
Manuel Noriega – yes, that Manuel Noriega – is not at all happy to have been a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. And now the former Panamanian dictator is suing Activision for including him in the game.
Noriega, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleged the game made him out to be “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state” – and he wants a cut of the game’s profits as compensation.