American Crime Story season 2: Versace family issue second statement condemning series

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'American Crime Story' on Gianni Versace Is Based on 'Bogus' Book, Says Designer's Family

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

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. In the summer of 1997, he attracted a high-profile manhunt as one of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives before, eight days after Versace's death, he killed himself.

On Tuesday, Penélope Cruz joined Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, and Ricky Martin at the Hollywood premiere of Ryan Murphy's latest production, which focuses on the life and death of the late designer Gianni Versace.

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.

"I made that phone call to her because when Ryan (Murphy) called me, I said to him, 'I have all the reasons to say yes to this, an wonderful project, ' and I heard that he was going to do it with respect for the family - that was important for me", she explains to news show Extra. 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 company producing the series claims it is relying on a book by Maureen Orth, but the Orth book itself is full of gossip and speculation", Versace explained in the email proclamation. "We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth", they said. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions".

Today, the brand delved deeper into what that first statement meant, by releasing a catty follow-up statement that just might be the written equivalent to Mariah Carey's "I don't know her" comment. 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.

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

The statement concludes by praising the fashion designer while further insisting that American Crime Story does not have the family's blessing.

Cruz told EW that she'd discussed her role with Donatella herself, in order to be as respectful as possible.

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