Versace Family Says ‘American Crime Story’ Is a “Work of Fiction”

FX’s upcoming series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story has been disapproved by the Versace family, as they are calling it a “work of fiction,” reports Deadline.

As the show is nearing its premiere date of January 17, the family released a statement denouncing the FX adaptation.

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. 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 highly-anticipated series which was filmed in Miami, essentially focuses on the final days and murder of the late Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his South Beach mansion in 1997, and also explores the sadistic mind of his 27-year-old serial killer, Andrew Cunanan.

Additionally, FX responded to the Versace family’s statement, saying, “Like the original American Crime Story series The People Vs OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s non-fiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller, Vulgar Favors which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

In other Versace-related news, the brand’s new Medusa sneakers look suspiciously like the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Force 1.

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