Activision Is Being Sued Over A Female Character In Call Of Duty

In a new lawsuit levelled at Call of Duty publisher Activision, writer and photographer Clayton Haugen has alleged that the Call of Duty character Mara is based on a character he developed called Cade Janus. Both characters have been portrayed in live action photoshoots by the same model, Alex Zedra.

A press release provided by Potts Law Firm, who are representing Haugen, says that he created Cade Janus as part of “a story treatment to draw interest from various movie production companies,” along with a photoshoot of Alex Zedra portraying the character. The release says Haugen posted these details and images on his website to attract attention, though he no longer appears to have an active website. The images appear on his Instagram account, though these posts don’t include a name or details about the character.

The Call of Duty character Mara was released a few years later in December 2019 as part of Modern Warfare‘s Season One. Model Alex Zedra provided the likeness for the character model, as well as modelling in live-action promotional imagery for the character. Mara has since been released in Call Of Duty Mobile and Warzone.

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