Activision respond to Manuel Noriega’s Call of Duty lawsuit

Manuel Noriega with DEA agents

The ex-Panamanian leader’s claims are “absurd” according to Rudy Giuliani

Call of Duty publisher Activision is moving to dismiss the claims from Manuel Noriega that his image was misappropriated for use in Black Ops 2.

A character with Noriega’s likeness appears as a bad guy in the game’s False Profit mission set in Panama City. According to a lawsuit filed by Noriega’s lawyers in July this representation of the former politician was used "without authorization or consent” so that the company could "increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2".

Noriega seeks to claim damages for “lost profits” arising from Activision’s "unjust enrichment, unfair business practices, and violation of common-law publicity rights".

Representing Activision in the case is former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani who said in a press release from the publisher that Noriega’s claims were “absurd”.

"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," Giuliani said. "Noriega's 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."

Giuliani’s law firm are moving to dismiss the lawsuit under California's anti-SLAPP statute, in which courts can quickly dismiss cases in which a defendant’s freedom of speech is infringed.

Noriega is currently serving in prison in Panama for crimes committed during his rule of the country,

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