The Versace Family Rips American Crime Story in Second Statement

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Murphy also pointed out that the vice president and chief designer of the Versace Group, Donatella Versace made a complimentary gesture towards one of the drama anthology's cast members, Penelope Cruz, who portrays her character in the series.

The 52-year-old writers comments come after the Versace family issued a statement criticising FXs new mini-series, which explores the assassination of the renowned Italian designer.

Thanks to FX's controversial series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the Versace family has been in spotlight of late-and they're not exactly happy about it.

"Since Versace did not authorise 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".

"She admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all)", the statement reads. The statement also refers to the show's portrayal of a "medical condition", and Entertainment Weeklyreports that they are referring to Orth's reporting that Versace was HIV-positive at the time of his death; that claim is reportedly depicted in the show, but the Versace family says her reporting "ignores contrary information" they provided. "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.

I was also alive when the gay designer Gianni Versace was murdered/assassinated at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997.

Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace

"On Sunday, Donatella Versace very graciously sent Penelope Cruz a lovely and huge flower arrangement saying good luck because Penelope was at the Golden Globes representing our show." he said.

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

They went on to provide an example, just to prove their point.

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".

Vulgar Favors, Orth's first book, is the story of a monster obsessed with social climbing. She's an incredibly respected journalist.

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

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