The upcoming second season of FX series “American Crime Story” focuses on the murder of Gianni Versace, but the boyfriend of the late fashion designer is breaking his silence to describe the show’s depiction of Versace’s death as “ridiculous.”
Versace was 50 when he was shot to death by gunman Andrew Cunanan on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997, with the true crime story to be dramatized in the upcoming season of the true crime series.
Edgar Ramirez (“The Girl on the Train”) plays Versace, with singer Ricky Martin in the role of Versace’s longtime boyfriend Antonio D’Amico in the new season, which also includes Darren Criss as Cunanan and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.
After seeing paparazzi photos taken from the set during filming the of scene depicting Versace’s murder, D’Antonio is coming forward to slam the show’s version of what took place as “ridiculous.”
In the interview, D’Amico recalls the horrific events of the day that Cunanan gunned down Versace as he returned home after buying a newspaper.
“I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” said D’Amico, who says he never cradled Versace in his arms, as depicted in the photos.
“The house had stained glass windows so we couldn’t see what had happened from inside, so we had to open the gate,” he recalled. “I saw Gianni lying on the steps, with blood around him. At that point, everything went dark. I was pulled away, I didn’t see any more.”
Understandably, D’Amico is less than thrilled to see that particularly painful part of his life revived in a TV show.
“There has been so much written and said about the murder, and thousands of suppositions, but not a trace of reality,” he said.
“So much has been fictionalized,” he added. “Unfortunately Gianni died, unfortunately this guy killed him, unfortunately it happened: but now, let it drop.”