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Giuliani to Defend 'Call of Duty' Game Maker in Noriega Lawsuit

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 03:07 PM

Activision Blizzard Inc., the largest U.S. video game publisher, hired former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to defend the company in a lawsuit filed by Manuel Noriega regarding his role in the Call of Duty title.

Activision will move to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Noriega, a former Panamanian dictator who was convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering in 1992 by a U.S. court. Noriega sought damages and a court order barring Activision from using his image without his consent in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, according to a July lawsuit filed in a state court in Los Angeles.

“Quite simply, it’s absurd,” Giuliani said in a statement today released by the Santa Monica, California-based game maker. “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.”

'Chilling Effect'

Noriega held power in the Central American country for six years before U.S. forces invaded in December 1989. He surrendered a month later.

Activision hired Bracewell & Giuliani LLP to defend the company on the grounds that Noriega’s depiction is a right to free speech, Activision said.

“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,’” Activision said.

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