If Lindsay Lohan can sue Rockstar for the alleged use of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V, then why not let Manuel Noriega file suit against Activision for his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? The 80-year-old former dictator of Panama has filed suit based on the character “False Profit” who helps the game’s antagonist Raul Menendez fake his own death. Noriega claims his likeness was used without his consent and that his character’s portrayal damages his reputation.
“Defendants’ use of plaintiff’s image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. 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.”
Manuel Noriega was deposed in 1989 when the United States invaded Panama. He is currently serving a 20-year term in El Renacer prison for human rights violations.