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

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

Édgar Ramirez stars in the new series as the titular fashion designer, who was assassinated by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) during the serial killer's 1997 murder spree. "The Orth book itself is full of gossip and speculation", the Versace family's latest statement reads. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions". In the new statement, the family criticizes one point of fact in specific, saying that Orth "makes assertions about Gianni Versace's medical condition based on a person who claims he reviewed a post-mortem test result, but she admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all)".

"Gianni Versace was a courageous and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others", the statement reads.

In a statement Monday, his family said it has neither authorized nor been involved in the series - but the network is standing by it.

"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 incredible 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. Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Dan Minahan, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are Executive Producers of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. "Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction". (The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) was based on a non-fiction book by Jeffrey Toobin.

When a long-awaited US television series about the murder of Gianni Versace hits the small screen in a week's time, one key character will not be watching - the fashion designer's sister Donatella. 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.

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Although Orth declined to comment directly on the Versace statement, she emphatically covered precisely the same territory when speaking with Still Watching on Wednesday morning.

American Crime Story will shortly return to the small screen for its second batch of episodes. "We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth", they said.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres January 17 at 10 p.m. on FX. "We're not making a documentary".

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