The Versace Family is Pretty Mad About FX's 'American Crime Story'

The Versace Family is Pretty Mad About FX's 'American Crime Story'

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres on 17 January.

The second installment in executive producer Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story anthology series (after 2016's highly popular and acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson), Assassination is really the story of Andrew Cunanan (Glee's Darren Criss), a serial killer who murdered four other people before making Versace (Édgar Ramirez) his final victim in July 1997.

"Donatella Versace sent Penélope Cruz a very large arrangement of flowers yesterday when she was representing the show at the Golden Globes", Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter Monday.

The family then condemned the TV series in its entirety for taking Orth's book as a work of nonfiction.

The Versace family have released a second statement criticising the new season of American Crime Story.

"The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace", the family stated. Orth never received any information from the Versace family and she has no basis to make claims about the intimate personal life of Gianni Versace or other family members.

The family discredits the show's authenticity by poking holes in the integrity of its source material, the 2000 book Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth.

'She is a friend, she said she will treat me with respect - yes but I don't know what will be from a book that says incredible falsehoods, ' she said, speaking about the book which the series was partially based on.

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.

The family of Italian designer Gianni Versace has distanced itself from a long-awaited USA television series about his violent death. It seems that the family of Versace was hands-off for the entire process of the show coming together. "We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth", FX and Versace's production company, Fox 21, said in a statement per TV Guide.

"I guess the pressure is more to remain sensitive to the people whose lives are still affected by this 20 years later", he said.

Interestingly, Murphy claimed that Donatella Versace, who took over the Versace label after her brother's 1997 death, had recently been in contact with Penelope Cruz, who portrays her in the series.

The cast of FX's upcoming show The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is keeping their cool despite a little bit of drama.

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