Activision Fires Back at Military Dictator Over Call of Duty Lawsuit

By Jason Schreier on at

In July, ex-military dictator Manuel Noriega filed a lawsuit against Activision over his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Today, Activision said they 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 calling 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".