Ellen Page and Lindsey Lohan aren’t the only ones who claimed that ‘The Last of US’ and Rockstar Games’ ‘GTA V’ likeness, an ex-Panama Dictator named Manuel Noriega claimed that Activision ripped off his likeness for Call of Duty Black ops 2
What’s more is that according to Manuel and his lawyers, Activision is using his likeness to boost the game’s popularity and sales without his permission. As a result, the company is sued for “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain”. The lawsuit also points out that the plaintiff is portrayed as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state. It stated further,”Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff’s likeness to increase revenues and royalties, at the expense of the plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff.”
While one will not deny that Noriega is used in the game, its unlikely he’ll get anything out of this. Manuel Noriega is not an American citizen, and its extremely unlikely a judge would rule in Noriega’s favour given his reputation. To those who don’t know, Manuel will be featured in the game’s ‘Suffer with me’ mission where the player will be tracking him down. In real life, Manuel Noriega was a military dictator between 1983 and 1989.
In 1989, the United States invaded Panama and removed him from power, later detained as a prisoner of war. According to sources, Manuel was also charged for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering in April 2002.