Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

'American Crime Story' takes on murder of Versace

'American Crime Story' takes on murder of Versace

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".

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In the second statement, the Versace family repeated its assertion that, due to their lack of involvement, the show should "only be considered as a work of fiction".

Maybe it would have been more accurate if the Versace family has been involved or authorized anything to do with the TV series, but they said they have not had any input into the project.

Now artistic director and vice-president of the Milan-based Versace fashion group, Donatella said in an interview published by Italian daily la Repubblica on Wednesday that the series and a book it draws on contain gossip and contradictions. "The Versace family will issue no further comment on the matter".

The Versace family at Gianni's funeral
The Versace family at Gianni's funeral

REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniProducer Ryan Murphy poses backstage with the award for Outstanding Limited Series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016. At first, Cunanan's youthful, exotic good looks and magpie intelligence earned him access to the upper echelons of San Diego's fabulously decadent and closeted gay rich, but as drugs and dissolution exacted their toll, the doors closed tight and Cunanan's rage and frustration took a murderous bent.

Adding another layer of intrigue to the proceedings, or perhaps capitalizing on the publicity, on Monday afternoon, just hours before FX's planned LA premiere of the show, the network as well as producers Fox 21 responded to the Versace family with their own statement.

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, is based on Maureen Orth's heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller ˜Vulgar Favors which examined the true-life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. The FX show details the designer's murder, with Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

"On Sunday, Donatella Versace very graciously sent Penelope Cruz a lovely and huge flower arrangement saying good luck because Penelope was at the Golden Globes representing our show." he said. Maureen Orth is an impeccable reporter and we stand by her reporting.

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