Manuel Noriega Suing Call of Duty For Including Him as a Character
Manuel Noriega: former Panamanian dictator, former decades-long resident of Miami-Dade's Federal Correctional Institute, unwilling video game star.
Yes, Noriega was featured as a character in Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and now he's suing the video game makers from his Panamanian jail cell.
According to Courthouse News Service, the suit filed in Los Angeles claims that "In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by BLACK OPS II, defendants used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in BLACK OPS II."
A digital replica of Noriega appears in an episode of the video game entitled "Suffer with Me." Players are tasked with capturing Noriega, and as per Kotaku he's called a "a piece of shit," "asshole" and "old pineapple face himself" in the game.
Noriega's suit claims that he's portrayed as a "as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state."
Which is funny because he's been convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering, and murder and was basically considered an enemy of the state. But, hey, he's never actually faced any kidnapping charges.
Noriega ruled over Panama from 1981 until 1989, until he was deposed by U.S. military forces. He was tried in Miami in 1992, and was held in a prison in unincorporated Miami-Dade until 2007. He was then extradited to France where he spent a few more years in prison before ultimately being sent back to Panama to serve a twenty-year prison sentence there. At 80-years-old, it's unlikely he'll ever see freedom again.
Still he's seeking punitive damages and lost profits.