The Versace Family Continues to Distance Itself From American Crime Story

The Versace Family Continues to Distance Itself From American Crime Story

'I really hope that when she sees the show, she's going to be happy. "So that's how that all started". Gianni Versace was murdered in Miami in July 1997 at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

The show's big-name stars are Penélope Cruz as Versace's sister Donatella and Ricky Martin as his longtime partner Antonio D'Amico, but Criss dominates every episode, and the entire middle stretch of the season features virtually no appearances from Versace or his associates. The previous season used the Simpson case to explore issues of race in America, albeit in a loud, hectoring manner, and Murphy and his collaborators try to tie Assassination's disparate plot threads together by focusing on the difficulties of gay life in the '90s.

The tragedy itself combined with the talented cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace nearly certainly means that we're in for an intense ride with the show.

"As we have said, the Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace, which should only be considered as a work of fiction". The Versace family has long denied a number of the points covered in Orth's book, including both the notion that Cunanan and Versace were previously acquainted and that Versace, before he died, was sick with HIV/AIDS. "The company producing the series claims it is relying on a book by Maureen Orth, but the Orth book itself is full of gossip and speculation", the family wrote. "In her lurid claims, she ignores contrary information provided by members of Mr. Versace's family".

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. "Gianni Versace was a fearless and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others. That all is absolutely fact-based, on-the-record reporting". The trailer hints at the disturbed and complex personality of murderer Cunanan. "I don't want to give an opinion until it's out there". "The most important thing for me was to find her voice, because she speaks in a very special, particular way". But Orth said she was "reassured" that titillation wasn't American Crime Story's aim.

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Vulgar Favors, Orth's first book, is the story of a monster obsessed with social climbing. His reaction and others like it "surprised" her.

'I felt as if my blood had turned to ice, ' he said.

The second season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series, which premieres January 17, examines the death of the famed Italian fashion designer - but his family wants viewers to know that the series "should only be considered a work of fiction", adding that much of the story has been sensationalized and is based on "second-hand hearsay".

United States channel FX, which airs the series, responded to the Versace family's first statement.

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