'American Crime Story' takes on murder of Versace

Edgar Ramirez plays the eponymous designer in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Edgar Ramirez plays the eponymous designer in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Alongside Ramírez and Criss, the starry cast also boasts Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace while Latin singing sensation Ricky Martin is slated to play Versace's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico. All we can say for sure is that the Versace family did not sign off on any of it. However, interestingly, she turned to Stella McCartney and not Versace for her evening's ensemble: a deep red halterneck dress.

Interestingly, the statement was quite clear that the Versace family was not connected to either the show's adaptation of events or the book upon which parts of the season will be based.

A giant poster advertising of the "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" TV series is seen in downtown Milan, Italy Jan. 10, 2018.

The series had to be considered "an act of fiction", it said, given it drew inspiration from a book that was not authorised - Maureen Orth's "Vulgar favours".

On Monday, the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, spoke to ET in defense of basing the mini-series on Orth's book.

Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, is based on Maureen Orth's heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller ˜Vulgar Favors which examined the true-life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. Maureen Orth is an impeccable reporter and we stand by her reporting. As the media scrambled to make the connection between high-profile victim and shadowy assailant, it was Orth who broke the news that Cunanan claimed to have known the fashion superstar-perhaps more intimately than Versace's handlers were comfortable admitting publicly. 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.

Today, the brand delved deeper into what that first statement meant, by releasing a catty follow-up statement that just might be the written equivalent to Mariah Carey's "I don't know her" comment. "Gianni Versace was a courageous and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others".

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story airs in the U.S. on 19 January with a United Kingdom air date expected to follow soon after on BBC Two.

The statement concludes by praising the fashion designer while further insisting that American Crime Story does not have the family's blessing.