Claims Activision profited from his likeness.
By Tim Colwill on July 17, 2014 at 8:54 am
Yes, the world of bizarre game-related lawsuits took a strange new turn this morning with the news that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision over his appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Noriega is claiming that he was “portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes”, which created “the false impression that defendants are authorized to use (his) image and likeness”. He is seeking damages for “unjust enrichment, unfair business practices, and violation of common-law publicity rights”.
Activision have not commented on the matter, but there is probably an equal amount of head-scratching and amused, slightly nervous laughter at the offices.
Today’s news follows the reveal earlier this month that Lindsay Lohan was suing Rockstar Games over her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V.