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

Italian designer Gianni Versace was gunned down in 1997 at the entrance gate of his Miami beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The upcoming series on his murder draws inspiration from Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar favours.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 09, 2018 13:09 IST
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The nine-part series, made by 21st Century Fox, which premiers next week, stars Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin.

The family of Italian designer Gianni Versace has distanced itself from a long-awaited US television series about his violent death.

The nine-part series, made by 21st Century Fox, which premiers next week, stars Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin.

Versace was gunned down in 1997 at the entrance gate of his Miami beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The Versace company “did not authorise and was not involved in the television series,” it said in a statement on January 8.

The series had to be considered “an act of fiction”, it said, given it drew inspiration from a book that was not authorised either – Maureen Orth’s Vulgar favours.

A spokesman for 21st Century Fox had no immediate comment.

Versace founded his eponymous fashion house, famous for its Medusa head logo, in 1978. In 2014 US private equity firm Blackstone bought a 20% stake. Gianni’s sister Donatella is artistic director and vice-president of the group.

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First Published: Jan 09, 2018 13:08 IST