Rudy Giuliani To Defend Activision Blizzard Inc

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Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani is helping defend Activision Blizzard Inc.

against a lawsuit filed by Manuel Noriega--the former military dictator of Panama. Giuliani, now a named partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that is being regarded as "absurd."

"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 stated in a press release, "I'm not 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."

As a result of this, Giuliani is filing a motion to dismiss the case at the Superior Court of California.

Historical figures have been featured in Call of Duty games, such as John F. Kennedy and Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.

But Noriega filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in July. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Noriega was upset that he was portrayed as a " kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state."

The case is still pending.

But Activision Blizzard fears for what might happen if Noriega succeeds, stating, "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."

For more information about Call of Duty, go to the official website for the game.