FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story does NOT get the backing and support from the Versace family about the upcoming series, which is based off Maureen Orth‘s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace.
“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 family said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
“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),” the statement continued. “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 statement concluded. “The Versace family will issue no further comment on the matter.”
Yep, they’re pissed!
Producer Ryan Murphy defended his series this week saying that it is not a work of fiction.
“The book that we based our show off of, that we own, Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth, has been out for nearly 20 years,” Murphy said. “And it’s a work of nonfiction. It’s been scrutinized and vetted for close to two decades. And a lot of if not all of Maureen’s reporting in that book was on the record, and it’s been sourced out, and we had our own sources.”
“So I just respectfully say,” Murphy continued. “It is not a work of fiction. And I stand by the reporting of our female reporter. And to sort of impune her and say that what she dedicated a large portion of her life to, to say to a female journalist, ‘You’re a liar and what you’re saying is not the truth,’ I don’t think that’s cool.”