For those who aren’t aware, Manuel Noriega is a former dictator of Panama. Through a U.S invasion, he was removed from power and is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence. Noriega was made aware of the use of his image in Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The image was used without Noriega’s permission, and he has retaliated with a lawsuit against Activision.
Recently, however, the creators of Call of Duty have filed a response against Noriega’s lawsuit. In a surprising move, former mayor Rudy Giuliani has joined the argument against Noriega. He will argue beside Munger, Tolles and Olsen LLP as co-counsel at the hearing on October 16th, which will take place in Los Angeles Superior Court. Activision Blizzard is looking to cite Black Ops II as protected free speech in order to do away with Noriega’s lawsuit.
According to Giuliani, “Manuel Noriega had no more than an inconsequential appearance in Call of Duty and isn’t entitled to anything for his role as a brutal dictator.” Rudy Giuliani also goes on to say that “If successful, this case would obliterate the entire genre of historical fiction. I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of being back in court to defend the makers of Call of Duty against this convicted murderer who wants to make a mockery of the U.S. legal system and attack our right to free speech.”
The strike motion was filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on September 22nd. Legal documentation is available for the public to view.
October 29, 2014 update.