Ryan Murphy responds to criticism from Versace family

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

In a previous statement issued via The Hollywood Reporter, the Versace family said that they did not have any involvement in the production of the drama anthology about the death of Gianni adding that it was not authorized by them and should be taken as a work of fiction.

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

Versace was the last person of five killed in a spree by deranged murderer Andrew Cunanan, a social climber and purported escort who was obsessed with glamour and fame. Even when those characters do appear, the writers struggle to connect storylines about Versace's business and relationships with Cunanan's days as a hustler preying on older, wealthy gay men.

It was produced by 21st Century Fox and drew inspiration from Maureen Orth's 1999 book "Vulgar Favors".

Since members of the family didn't authorize the book from which it's partly drawn or participate in the writing of the screenplay, the series should be considered "a work of fiction", according to the statement.

The statement calls into question Orth's assertions about Gianni Versace's medical condition at the time of his death, which she wrote based on reports made by a person who claimed to have viewed a post-mortem test result.

Orth, states Versace, "in making her lurid claims", ignores "contrary information provided by members" of the designer's family, who "lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life". On Monday, the family released a statement calling the show "a work of fiction," created without their approval.

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

The family of Italian designer Gianni Versace has distanced itself from a long-awaited US television series about his violent death. "It was one hour where we spoke about a lot of things, about things that she told me about her life and she also said, 'If somebody is going to play me, I am very happy that it is you, ' and for me, if I wouldn't have heard those words, I wouldn't have done it". "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".

You can catch the premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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