Manuel Noriega is suing for using his image without permission in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II game ()
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing a video game manufacturer for using his image without permission in its wildly popular “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” game.
The litigation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court is against California-based Activision Blizzard Inc, according Courthouse News Service.
Game characters refer to a short, dark-haired character in fatigues as “old pineapple face,” a derisive nickname for the former general, the lawsuit said.
Noriega “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,” the lawsuit states.
Noriega, 80, is seeking unspecified damages for unjust enrichment, unfair business practices and violation of common-law publicity rights.
The latest installment of “Call of Duty” is one of the video game industry’s biggest successes, racking up more than $1 billion in sales just 15 days after its release in 2012.
Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989 when he was toppled by U.S. forces. He was convicted in Miami federal court in 1992 of drug crimes, extradited to France in 2010 and then sent to Panama, where he is jailed, according to Reuters.
He’s not the only public figure to sue game makers.
Actress Lindsay Lohan filed suit in New York last month against the makers of “Grand Theft Auto V.”
Electronic Arts Inc. in May reached a $40 million settlement in litigation contending it improperly used the images of U.S. college football
Representatives of Noriega or Activision did not respond to requests for comment on the litigation.