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ACS on Versace not a work of fiction: Ryan Murphy

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Creator has defended "The Assassination of Versace: American Crime Story", saying that the upcoming show is "not a work of fiction".

The 52-year-old writer's comments come after the family issued a statement criticising FX's new mini-series, which explores the assassination of the renowned Italian

"The family has said it's a work of fiction - it is not a work of fiction. ('The People vs O J Simpson: American Crime Story') was based on a non-fiction book by is based on a non-fiction book by that has been discussed and dissected and vetted for close to 20 years.

"She worked for is an and we stand by her reporting. Our show is based on her reporting so, in that way, it is not a work of fiction, it's a work of non-fiction obviously with docudrama elements. We're not making a documentary," Murphy told

The series stars as Versace, as the serial killer and as the designer's of the label, Donatella Versace.

In a statement, the designer's house had denied granting any permission to the makers with respect to the much-anticipated project.

"The Versace family has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr Versace.

"Since Versace did not authorise 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."

But Murphy said Donatella recently sent a bouquet over to Cruz offering her best wishes for the show.

"On Sunday, Donatella Versace very graciously sent a lovely and huge flower arrangement saying 'good luck' because Penelope was at representing our show..." he said.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 11:15 IST