Versace Family Blasts 'American Crime Story' in Second Statement

Versace Family Blasts 'American Crime Story' in Second Statement

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The Versace family has slammed a new television series on the murder of fashion giant Gianni Versace, saying it was based on nothing more than "work of fiction".

The series is based on the non-fiction book, Vulgar Favours, by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth which tells the story of the designer's tragic murder and the failed man-hunt which led to Cunanan never being caught.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second instalment of Ryan Murphy's examination of infamous murder cases that rocked the world. All we can say for sure is that the Versace family did not sign off on any of it.

The series stars Venezuelan heartthrob Edgar Ramirez as Versace, as well as Penelope Cruz and singer Ricky Martin.

On Monday (08Jan18), members of the Versace family released a statement claiming the program was unauthorized, and distanced themselves from the project once again on Wednesday.

It also shows the family's devastation and determination to keep the House of Versace thriving despite suffering the enormous loss of its founder.

"She has no basis to make claims about the intimate personal life of Gianni Versace or other family members. Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions".

"Gianni Versace was a fearless and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others", stated the company.

Ryan Murphy also defended the FX series at the show's premiere, according to Harper's Bazaar, although he acknowledged that the Versace family was "in a really interesting, hard situation".

"Of all the possible portrayals of his life and legacy, it is sad and reprehensible that the producers have chosen to present the distorted and bogus version created by Maureen Orth", the Versace family said.

When a long-awaited USA television series about the murder of Gianni Versace hits the small screen in a week's time, one key character will not be watching - the fashion designer's sister Donatella.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a massive hit for Murphy.

We'll just have to tune in when "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" premieres January 17 to judge for ourselves. This is based on Maureen Orth's book.

"Now I just hope that all the love that I put into that performance - I do love her and all the people that work with her - and respect and admiration, all of that is there, I hope she will see that", the actress shares.

"We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth", the companies said. "We're not making a documentary".

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