Former Dictator Sues Call Of Duty Makers
The former dictator of Panama is suing the makers of Call Of Duty after appearing as a villain in the video game series.
Manuel Noriega spent almost 20 years in a Miami prison on drug trafficking charges after he was ousted as leader of the Central American state following a 1989 US invasion.
The 80-year-old - who is now in a Panama prison - is seeking damages from game publisher Activision Blizzard.
He says the game portrays him as a "kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state" in the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.
The game has a character of the same name, who reneges on a CIA deal and betrays the game's main characters.
He then shoots members of the Panama army.
During the game he is described by characters as a "piece of s***", "a***hole" and "old pineapple face himself, Manuel Noriega".
The lawsuit was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, in which Noriega claims the developers made more money from his likeness because "heighten[ed] realism" of using real people "translates directly into heightened sales for the defendants".
The 13-page suit says no consent was given to use a likeness of his image.
Noriega wants damages for unjust enrichment, unfair business practices and violation of common-law publicity rights - but not for libel.