Turkish court reportedly orders a character assessment of Gollum from Lord of the Rings to see if comparing him to President Erdogan counts as an insult. [source]
But now Jackson, who famously directed the Oscar-winning movie trilogy, has released a statement to The Wrap along with screenwriters Phillippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, putting the record straight.
It read: “If the images [above] are in fact the ones forming the basis of this Turkish lawsuit, we can state categorically: None of them feature the character known as Gollum. All of them are images of the character called Smeagol.
“Smeagol is a joyful, sweet character. Smeagol does not lie, deceive or attempt to manipulate others. He is not evil, conniving or malicious - these personality traits belong to Gollum, who should never be confused with Smeagol.
“Smeagol would never dream of wielding power over those weaker than himself. He is not a bully. In fact he’s very lovable. This is why audiences all over the world have warmed to his character.” [source]
Well that's a strong defence.