The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noreiga, has sued Activision for the company’s portrayal of him in 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Noriega was dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989, during the time frame in which Black Ops II was set, and was seen in Activision’s title during a mission that had players chasing down the dictator in Panama.
The suit alleges that “Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff’s image and likeness. This caused plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.”
Noriega reportedly is claiming that his depiction “…as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state” have violated common-law publicity rights in the States and also that it constitutes unfair business practises and unjust enrichment on Activision’s part, according to Courthouse News.
Just how the former dictator’s lawsuit will fare isn’t known but he is seeking punitive damages from the company for their use of his image in the game.