The Versace Family Continues to Distance Itself From American Crime Story

The Versace Family Continues to Distance Itself From American Crime Story

The Versace Family Continues to Distance Itself From American Crime Story

After producer Ryan Murphy defended the series on Tuesday, insisting that "it is not a work of fiction", the Versace family put out a second, longer statement on Wednesday condemning both the series and the "bogus" book Vulgar Favors.

The Versace family have released a second statement criticising the new season of American Crime Story. At the time of the murder, Orth had spent two months reporting for Vanity Fair on Cunanan and the events that might have led to him to kill four other people before finally targeting Versace.

Despite its title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is not really about Gianni Versace.

"Vulgar Favors was acclaimed and embedded for nearly 20 years now so we stand behind Maureen and we stand behind the book", he said.

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Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace. "The Orth book itself is full of gossip and speculation", says the family, "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 Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story airs in the United States on 19 January with a UK air date expected to follow soon after on BBC Two. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions".

In the book, Orth claims to have information on a medical condition that Gianni was afflicted with, which she found out about from a person who allegedly reviewed his post-mortem test results.

"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 awesome 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.

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Following Monday's premiere, the Versace family released a statement confirming members had no input in the project.

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 nine-episode series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz as his sister and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin as Gianni's boyfriend. "Gianni Versace was a courageous and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others. It's based on a very acclaimed nonfiction book called Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth that has been vetted for nearly two decades".

The show's executive producer Brad Simpson shed some light on the situation at last night's premiere, explaining to Variety: "This isn't authorized, and we don't make any pretense at it being authorized". But Orth said she was "reassured" that titillation wasn't American Crime Story's aim.

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