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Jailed ex-strongman Noriega says damaged by video game portrayal

17
Jul
2014

Former dictator Manuel Noriega may be serving time in a Panamanian prison for the killing of political opponents, but that doesnt mean he likes being portrayed in a video game as a murderer. Noriega, 80, has filed a lawsuit against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc, saying the company is using his image in its wildly popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II game without his permission, in an effort to “increase the popularity and revenue” from the title. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint, Noriega said he had been damaged by Activision’s portrayal of him as “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes,” including kidnapping and murder, adding that Activision was using his likeness to heighten the game’s realism and increase sales.

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