Gianni Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico is speaking out against his portrayal in the new series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.
“Significant parts of the [series] on Gianni Versace’s murder do not reflect the reality of the events that took place,” D’Amico, who is played by Ricky Martin in the series, told People. “I feel — together with those who know me well — that my character… is a misrepresentation of myself and what our relationship was like.”
D’Amico takes particular issue with a scene in the second episode in which his character meets Versace’s killer Andrew Cunanan, saying the scene “is pure fantasy as I was with Gianni — together with a number of other people, like the ladies from the San Francisco Opera council — for the entire time he was at the theatre and then we went back to our hotel together.”
“I remember it clearly because it was quite an event,” he continued. “That supposed meeting never took place. At least not on that day and in that setting. Just an aside, Gianni did not drink alcohol — everyone knew that — so even the champagne scene with Cunanan is fictitious.
D’Amico also points to other facts the series apparently got wrong. “Neither Gianni nor I were looking to get married or to have children,” he explained. “All we wanted was to live our relationship in the open — as we did. We were more than happy to have the nieces and nephews that we had and were not seeking children of our own.”
The series has also received criticism from Versace’s family, who have called it “irresponsible.”
“We issued a statement saying that this story is based on Maureen Orth’s book [Vulgar Favors], which is a very celebrated, lauded work of non-fiction that was vetted now for close to 20 years,” producer Ryan Murphy told Variety in response to the criticism. “That’s really all I have to say about it, other than of course I feel if your family is ever portrayed in something, it’s natural to sort of have a ‘Well, let’s wait and see what happens’ [stance].”