The Versace Family is Pretty Mad About FX's 'American Crime Story'

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With every New Year comes new TV series. Edgar Ramirez stars as Gianni Versace himself, with Penelope Cruz as his sister Donatella.

Cunanan - portrayed by actor Darren Criss - had killed at least four other people on a bloody journey before reaching Miami Beach.

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.

Maureen Orth was the keynote speaker at Nardin Academy's third annual panel discussion on social justice in 2012
Maureen Orth was the keynote speaker at Nardin Academy's third annual panel discussion on social justice in 2012

The Versace family on Wednesday slammed a new television series about the murder of fashion giant Gianni Versace, saying it was based on nothing more than a "work of fiction". "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions", the family claims. The first season of the anthology drama courtesy of Ryan Murphy was a huge hit as it followed the infamous murder trial of O.J. Simpson, and the second season will attempt to recreate that success with the story of the murder of Gianni Versace back in 1997. 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. "We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth".

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. Subscribe now for more American Crime Story clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX Inspired by actual events, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second installment of FX's award-winning limited series, American Crime Story.

USA channel FX, which airs the series, responded to the Versace family's first statement. "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". "It's based on a very acclaimed nonfiction book called Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth that has been vetted for nearly two decades". In spite of the fashion house's claims, the "Glee" and "American Horror Story" producer his latest project is "a work of non-fiction obviously with docudrama elements". "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", the family wrote.

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