In July, ex-military dictator Manuel Noriega filed a lawsuit against Activision over his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Today, Activision filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, calling it “absurd” in a press release issued this morning.
Activision has recruited former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s law firm to handle the suit, which they’re saying is frivolous.
“What’s astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it’s absurd,” Giuliani said in a press release.
“I’m not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech. Noriega’s attack on the rights of Call of Duty comes as no surprise considering he’s a lawless tyrant who trampled over the rights of his own people.”
Juicy! During the campaign of Black Ops II, Noriega pops up in the mission Suffer With Me, which he took issue with. In his lawsuit earlier this year, Noriega alleged that the portrayal personally damaged him, and that it was “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain.”
“If successful,” reads Activision’s press release, “Noriega’s efforts would give numerous historical and political figures – and their heirs – a veto right over their appearances in works of art, having a chilling effect on movies such as Forrest Gump and Zero Dark Thirty, TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and Boardwalk Empire, and beloved books such as Primary Colours and The Paris Wife, just to name a few.”