Mumbai: Comedian-turned-actor Kapil Sharma on Wednesday sent a legal notice to entertainment portal SpotboyE and its editor Vickey Lalwani for defamatory articles and character assassination.

Kapil has demanded an unconditional public apology within seven days of receiving the notice and has urged the publication to desist from publishing and airing defamatory, slanderous and libelous statements/news /interviews against him. He has asked them to immediately withdraw the contents of all defamatory articles/publications on all forms of media.

Kapil's advocate Tanveer Nizam confirmed sending the legal notice said,  “In view of the articles by Vickey Lalwani on SpotboyE to wilfully defame my client, we have sent them a legal notice to publicly apologize within seven days, failing which we will institute civil and criminal proceedings against both.”

The controversy happened last month when an audio call in which Kapil's heard hurling abuses at Lalwani, was made public. Kapil was agonized by articles with allegedly false and frivolous, defamatory personal information, which as the notice says, are a product of collusion between Lalwani and the comedian's earlier managers/associates Neeti and Preeti Simoes to malign his image in the eyes of his fans, industry, and the public at large.