Monday, 22 January, 2018

Versace family blasts American Crime Story in second statement

The Versace mansion being investigated by police in July 1997 The Versace mansion being investigated by police in July 1997
Noah Ferguson | 12 January, 2018, 21:39

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.

The battle of words over FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace continues.

The Versace family wants to make it very clear that they do not find The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story to be an accurate account of the slain fashion designer's life. "It's based on a very acclaimed nonfiction book called Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth that has been vetted for nearly two decades". Orth, who has worked for Vanity Fair since 1988, "never received any information from the Versace family" and instead presented "second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions" to create a "lurid" and "sensational" story.

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".

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

The statement concludes by noting that Gianni was a "brave and honest man" and that the family would have no further comment on the matter. They also added that they did not have any involvement in the Orth book which the series is based on so by default, the family states that both the book and the series are works of fiction. "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 People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a massive hit for Murphy.

"Vulgar Favors was acclaimed and embedded for nearly 20 years now so we stand behind Maureen and we stand behind the book", he said.

"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". Our show is based on her reporting so, in that way, it is not a work of fiction, it's a work of non-fiction obviously with docudrama elements.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres January 17 on FX. "Were not making a documentary", Murphy told Entertainment Weekly.

From executive producer Ryan Murphy, the FX show will explore the murder of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997, and features an ensemble cast including Edgar Ramirez as Gianni, Ricky Martin as his boyfriend Antonio D'Amico, and Penelope Cruz playing the designer's sister Donatella Versace, as well as Darren Criss, Max Greenfield and Dascha Polanco.

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