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Imprisoned Dictator Sues over Portrayal in Call of Duty Game

There is a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II named Manuel Noriega who was the military dictator of Panama for a number of years. And wouldn’t you know it, Noriega’s actually a real person who was really the dictator of Panama. And now real-life Noriega is suing the video game publisher Activision for what he claims is an unfair depiction of him.

Noriega, who again, is currently in prison, filed the lawsuit because in the game, the character works with the U.S. government before turning on them and ending up in their crosshairs. The lawsuit says that was “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain” of the fallen dictator’s image, and so he’s suing for damages.

Lindsay Lohan also filed a video game lawsuit this month, claiming that her likeness was used for a starlet character in Grand Theft Auto V.

So now there is officially one thing Manuel Noriega and Lindsay Lohan have in common.

[h/t The Verge]
[image via screengrab]

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