Giuliani defends video game in Noriega lawsuit
Noriega sued Blizzard Activision Inc. in July for using his image in the 2012 video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II"
The former mayor of New York City and lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has requested the case against the video game "Call of Duty", filed by former Panamanian dictator, Manuel Antonio Noriega, to be dismissed, so a speaker of Activision.
Noriega sued Blizzard Activision Inc. in July for using his image in the 2012 video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II". Noriega never authorised the company to use his image, but Activision affirms that the use is protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The former president accuses the company of portraying him "as a killer and a villain of the State". Activision sustains that Noriega plays a minor role in the game and according to Giuliani "no other feature than that of being a brutal dictator is attributed to the character".
In other versions of the game, historical figures such as Cuban President Fidel Castro and US President John F. Kennedy, have been used.
In a sworn statement, Noriega declared that he found out about his character when his grandchildren played the game and asked him why one of the missions was to detain him.
Noriega's lawyers sustain that the First Amendment doesn't apply to this case, because Activision copied the image of the dictator without his consent and didn't modify the character of the video game.
Noriega was toppled in 1989 during the US Invasion of Panama and served 17 years in the United States for drug trafficking. He was later condemned for money laundering in France and repatriated to Panama in December 2011.
Noriega, aged 80, is serving 60 years in prison for murder, embezzlement and corruption.