As Controversy Mounts Over Versace Crime Story, Is it Legal?

image: FX Gianni Versace was gunned down on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in July 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Now, just over 20 years after the shocking tragedy, FX is building upon its award-winning American Crime Story series with “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” a 9-episode take on “the takedown of the day’s most famous fashion designer.” While the network states that the series is “inspired by actual events,” the Versace family has unequivocally called foul … more than once. A statement from the Italian clan released on Monday reads, “The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace." The Versace family, which clearly wants nothing to do with the impending series, further stated that since it did not authorize the book from which the FX series is partly drawn or participate in the writing of the screenplay, “This TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.” A subsequent missive from the family, released on Wednesday, reads: "Gianni Versace was a brave and honest man. Of all the possible portrayals of his life and legacy, it is sad […]

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