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Versace family disowns ‘American Crime’ show

Upcoming TV series is about the 1997 murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace

10:23 January 9, 2018
The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The Versace family is distancing itself from an upcoming TV series about the 1997 murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace.

In a statement on Monday, his family said it has neither authorised nor been involved in the series.

Since members of the family didn’t authorise 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,” the statement said.

Gianni Versace was fatally shot in front of his Miami Beach mansion, a victim of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, based in part on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors, stars Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Darren Criss as Cunanan and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace. It debuts on January 17.

In a joint statement, producers Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions defended Orth’s book about Cunanan’s crimes as “heavily researched and authenticated.”

“We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms Orth,” the companies said.