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Versace TV Murder Series Treats Family With Kindness, Producer Says

Versace TV Murder Series Treats Family With Kindness, Producer Says

The first episode begins with Versace's murder, and the rest of the season mostly works backward, tracking Cunanan as he targets his previous victims, while spending significantly less time on Versace's professional and personal life. The phrase "medical condition" is a reference to Orth's claim in Vulgar Favors that Gianni Versace was HIV positive at the time of his death.

"It saddens (us) to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni's) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth", it added.

"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", they said.

In a new interview for Vanity Fair's American Crime Story companion podcast, Still Watching: Versace, Orth reveals that once the authorities had released Cunanan's name, "I think I was the only person in America who understood he had met Versace before".




The second season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series, which premieres January 17, examines the death of the famed Italian fashion designer - but his family wants viewers to know that the series "should only be considered a work of fiction", adding that much of the story has been sensationalized and is based on "second-hand hearsay". The FX show details the designer's murder, with Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions". "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". "Versace is based on a non-fiction book by Maureen Orth that has been discussed and dissected and vetted for close to 20 years", he explained. "Gianni Versace was a fearless and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others". The Versace family is where FX dishes up a The People v. O.J. Simpson-worthy dose of star power, with Penélope Cruz as Gianni's devastated sister, Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin playing Antonio D'Amico, a model, designer, and Gianni's longtime partner.

Earlier this week they issued a statement via the fashion house to media outlets which said they did not "authorise [or have] any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series" about Gianni Versace's assassination in 1997. "Were not making a documentary", Murphy told Entertainment Weekly.

'She is a friend, she said she will treat me with respect - yes but I don't know what will be from a book that says incredible falsehoods, ' she said, speaking about the book which the series was partially based on.


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