Versace family disowns 'fiction' of US TV series on designer's death

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The upcoming FX show will explore the murder of Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997, with the narrative based on Maureen Orth's 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, with Edgar portraying the Italian designer and Ryan executive producing.

The Versace family have condemned the show, releasing a statement claiming that it is "full of gossip and speculation" and "a work of fiction".

Cunanan was found dead in a Miami houseboat eight days later, apparently shooting himself with the same gun that killed Versace.

The statement goes on to specifically call out instances in the book that they say are false.

"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 awesome 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. 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.

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

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".

'I did it with all my love.

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Cruz hopes Donatella approves of her portrayal, even though she insists she'll never watch the series.

'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. Ricky Martin is on board as Antonio D'Amico, a.k.a. Versace's longtime partner.

After seeing images of the scene after Versace, 50, was gunned down the Brindisi born D'Amico chose to speak out about its apparent 'poetic license'.

Yes, I'm looking forward to this season more so than the last one.

Much of the show has been shot at the former home of Gianni, the Casa Casuarina, where he was shot just outside the gates.

'I felt as if my blood had turned to ice, ' he said. I saw Gianni lying on the steps, with blood around him. A few feet away, tourists are soaking napkins in his puddled blood, then sealing them in plastic bags, artifacts of the True Cross for the 20th century's most heartfelt religion, the cult of celebrity.

The statement concludes by praising the fashion designer while further insisting that American Crime Story does not have the family's blessing.

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