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‘American Crime Story’ on Gianni Versace Is Based on ‘Bogus’ Book, Says Designer’s Family

BIG LITTLE LIES: The Versace family has another bone to pick with “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
After an official statement issued on Monday distancing itself from the series, which it characterized as “a work of fiction,” the Milan-based company on Wednesday declared that the 1999 book by Maureen Orth that inspired the nine episodes, “Vulgar Favors,” 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.”
In particular, the Versace family contends that the writer “makes assertions” about the late designer’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).”
Orth, states Versace, “in making her lurid claims,” ignores “contrary information provided by members” of the designer’s family, who “lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life.”

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