'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' Slammed By Gianni Versace's Family As 'Fiction'

Perry Carpenter

Ryan Murphy's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story covers more than just the story of the iconic fashion designer's murder. The series also explores Gianni's romance with Antonio D'Amico (Ricky Martin) and his relationship with sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz). While the series tackles a lot of different issues, the Versace family recently slammed the show for its portrayal of Gianni and his shocking death.

"The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace," the family explained in a recent statement. "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."

According to TV Guide, the series also explores murderer Andrew Cunanan's (Darren Criss) led and what led to his decision to kill Gianni. Murphy and 20th Century Fox have not commented on the Versace family's recent statement.

Because most of the deaths involved gay men, the police department reportedly neglected the case and could have prevented Gianni's murder altogether -- a fact not lost on Murphy and company.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is set to premiere on January 17 on FX.