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article imageManuel Noriega suing Activsion over appearance in 'Black Ops II'

By Stan Rezaee     Jul 16, 2014 in Entertainment
Former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, is suing Activsion for using his name and likeness without his consent in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II.'
Noriega appears in the game as a minor villain who betrays the games hero to help Raul Menendez escape by faking his death. Later in the game, the player participates in the hunt for Noriega during Operation Just Cause.
In the lawsuit, Noriega claims that Activsion did not have his permission to use his likeness while the game depicts him as a "kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state."
However according to entertainment lawyer Jas Purewal to the BBC, Noriega has no grounds to sue since he isn't a US citizen or resident.
This is not the first lawsuit filled by a public figure for an appearance in a video game. Lindsy Lohan filled a lawsuit against Rockstar Games alleging the character Lacey Jonas in Grand Theft Auto V is based on her.
Noriega is also not the only historical figure to appear in Black Ops II. David Petraeus, Jonas Savimbi and Oliver North appear in the game as major supporting characters.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the ninth game in the series and was released on November 13, 2012 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game focus on a father and son in the special forces as they hunt a terrorist starting from the Cold War circa 1980s up until the near future.
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