Back in July, we reported that the Ex-Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, sued Activision for his negative portrayal in the 2012 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Now, Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been hired to defend Activision, has spoken out following legal proceedings for the case in the Los Angeles Superior Court. According to him, Noreiga’s lawsuit is an “outrageous offense to the first amendment.” Speaking to the press, Giuliani said:
I am morally outraged that a man like Noriega is seeking to inhibit our creative rights in the United States. If creative rights have to be sacrificed, they shouldn’t be sacrificed for someone like Noriega, nor should anyone have to send millions of dollars down to a Panamanian jail because this madman is making absurd claims. I think a man that engaged in selling $200 million of cocaine in the United States, who knows how many children he killed, a man who was a dictator of his country in which he tortured people for nine years, a man who laundered money in France, a man who chopped the head off of one of his allies and then was convicted in three countries, who is sitting in jail in Panama, trying to recover because he is a minor, minor figure in a very excellent game, Call of Duty by Activision, is an outrage.
While Activision’s legal team argues that the scenes depicting Noriega only last 6-7 minutes, Noriega’s legal team argues that the actual length of those scenes depends on the players’ pace.
The case continues.