Activision Issues Stern Statement Regarding Noriega’s Black Ops II Lawsuit
Manuel Noriega, the former Dictator of Panama, previously had launched a lawsuit against Activision for including him as a non-playable character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
His lawsuit dictated that Activision had used his name and likeness without permission, just to “increase sales.” It’s unknown as to how much compensation Noriega demanded from the publisher in damages but Activision’s legal representatives have no plans to give “handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler.”
In a statement issued by the former New York City Major and US Attorney Rudy Giuliani, he said that this case against his client Activision is ludicrous. He fully plans on having the case thrown out under the Free Speech laws where Activision had all rights to use Noriega’s character in the game.
“What’s astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it’s absurd,” said Giuliani in a press release. “I’m not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech.”
Continuing, Giuliani also dropped a last bomb on the former Dictator, saying that his “attack on the rights of Call of Duty comes as no surprise considering he’s a lawless tyrant who trampled over the rights of his own people.”
Manuel Noriega is not the first character to be included in a Call of Duty game that was based on a real-life person. Previous titles have also seen to the inclusion of Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.