Here's What The Versace Family Thinks Of 'American Crime Story: Gianni Versace'

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The Versace family issued a statement about the program on Monday, disowning the show and labelling it a "work of fiction" they did not authorize, but Penelope says she did her due diligence before committing to the project by seeking out Donatella's personal blessing.

The family challenges in particular Orth's claim that Versace was HIV-positive.

Criss plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and the hotly anticipated show revolves around the murder of Gianni Versace. 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. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions". "In making her lurid claims, she ignores contrary information provided by members of Mr. Versace's family, who lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life".

The series had to be considered "an act of fiction", it said, given it drew inspiration from a book that was not authorised - Maureen Orth's "Vulgar favours".

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.

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The show's executive producer Brad Simpson also responded to the statement saying that the series was indeed not authorized and that they did not make any pretense at it being authorized.

"We issued a statement saying that this story is based on Maureen Orth's book, which is a very celebrated, lauded work of non-fiction that was vetted now for close to 20 years", Murphy said in an interview with Variety "That's really all I have to say about it, other than of course I feel if you're family is ever portrayed in something, it's natural to sort of have a "Well, let's wait and see what happens" [stance]".

Apparently, the family of Gianni Versace had no involvement in how The Assassination of Gianni Versace is going to unfold on FX, and so the series should be regarded as fiction by viewers. "So, we think about them and we try to shed some light on things that.a spotlight hadn't been on before". "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". Now we're hearing the Versace family speak up as they break their silence.

Will you watch when FX's American Crime Story season two premieres on January 17th.

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