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Versace Family Slams 'American Crime Story' in Second Statement

The Versace family has issued a second statement in response to the upcoming season of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The family first issued a statement earlier in the week, breaking their silence on the portrayal of Gianni Versace‘s murder. FX responded with their own statement.

“As we have said, the Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace, which should only be considered as a work of fiction. 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. Orth never received any information from the Versace family and she has no basis to make claims about the intimate personal life of Gianni Versace or other family members. Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions,” the statement, provided to Just Jared, began. “As just one example, Orth makes assertions about Gianni Versace‘s medical condition based on a person who claims he reviewed a post-mortem test result, but she admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all). In making her lurid claims, she ignores contrary information provided by members of Mr. Versace‘s family, who lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life.”

Gianni Versace was a brave and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others. 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. The Versace family will issue no further comment on the matter,” the statement concluded.

Versace – starring Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss, and Ricky Martin – premieres on FX on January 17.

FX Responds to Versace Family's Thoughts on 'American Crime Story' Series

FX has released a statement in response to the Versace family’s criticism of the network’s upcoming Ryan Murphy series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The family behind the fashion house said that the show was made without its blessing and fans should consider it to be a “work of fiction.”

FX stands behind the series and the source material the producers used to create it.

“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin‘s nonfiction bestseller ‘The Run of His Life,’” the network said in its statement (via THR), “FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth‘s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller ‘Vulgar Favors,’ which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

Versace – starring Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss, and Ricky Martin – premieres on FX on January 17.

Versace Releases Official Stance on American Crime Story's Gianni Versace Season

The fashion brand Versace has released an official statement regarding their stance on the upcoming show, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, airing on FX this month.

“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 statement, provided to Just Jared, read.

The show is premiering on January 17, and stars Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, and more.

Darren Criss Is a Bloody Killer in 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Trailer!

The trailer for the upcoming series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace has officially been released!

Edgar Ramirez is starring as the title character with Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered the fashion designer in July 1997.

Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace for her first television role.

“You’re not better than me. We’re the same. The only difference is you got lucky,” Darren‘s character Andrew says in the voiceover in the trailer.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is set to premiere on January 17. Ricky Martin and Max Greenfield also appear on the FX series.

Matt Bomer Joins 'American Crime Story: Versace,' But Not as an Actor!

Matt Bomer will be heading behind the camera for the upcoming Ryan Murphy series American Crime Story: Versace!

The 39-year-old actor will be making his directorial debut when he helms an episode of the anthology series.

This won’t be the first time that Matt and Ryan have worked together. Matt has previously starred in several seasons of American Horror Story and has guest starred on Glee and The New Normal. He also received an Emmy nomination for his work in the movie The Normal Heart, which Ryan directed.

Matt is set to direct the eighth episode of Versace, which follows the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), according to TV Line.