Mumbai: Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma has issued a legal notice to Spotboy E, an entertainment news portal and journalist Vickey Lalwani, entertainment editor of Spotboy E, for allegedly publishing ‘defamatory articles’ against Sharma and ‘character assassination’.
As per the legal notice (a copy of the notice available with The Free Press Journal), Sharma has demanded an unconditional public apology within seven days of receiving the notice. He has urged the publication to “desist from publishing and airing defamatory, slanderous and libelous statements/news /interviews” against Sharma and has asked them to immediately withdraw the contents of all defamatory articles/ publications on all forms of media and tender an unconditional apology. The notice further states that in close nexus with Neeti Simeos and Preeti Simeos, former managers of Sharma, Lalwani has colluded and connived with them to allegedly defame Sharma.
As per the notice, Lalwani had published comments against Sharma as ‘a failed actor’, ‘celebrity out of control’ and ‘choice of wrong life partner.’ Speaking to The Free Press Journal, advocate Tanveer Nizam who represents Sharma said, “In view of the articles by Lalwani on Spotboye to wilfully defame my client, we have sent them a legal notice to publicly apologise within seven days, failing which we will initiate civil and criminal proceedings against both leading to deposition of Rs 100 crore in National Defense Fund by the accused.”
The controversy broke out in April when an audio call in which Kapil’s heard hurling abuses at Lalwani, was made public. On April 10, Sharma had filed a police complaint with the Oshiwara police against Lalwani and the two managers Simeos for extortion of Rs 25 lakhs.