Ryan Murphy's anthology crime series "American Crime Story" is set to tackle the tale of Gianni Versace's murder in an upcoming season. Audiences are eagerly anticipating the new show, but at least one person who was close to the actual killing isn't happy with the way Murphy is depicting the events: Versace's former lover, Antonio D’Amico.
D'Amico, who will be played by Ricky Martin in the show, is not pleased with what he's seeing so far.
“The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous,” D’Amico told The Observer on Sunday. “Maybe it’s the director’s poetic license, but that is not how I reacted.”
D'Amico recalls the events differently: he says he had been drinking coffee on the porch of Versace's mansion when he heard gunshots. “I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” he said. Later, he and a butler found Versace's body in a pool of blood on the mansion's steps.
“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.”
D'Amico would be left $30,000 a month for life by the legendary designer (and the right to live in Versace's home) but Versace's family would battle him about the money for years.
“I had never been through a depression and never saw a therapist as I was advised to: Why did I need to tell someone else what had happened when I knew I was this way because Gianni’s death had torn me in two?” he said. “I was in a nightmare, I felt nothing and gave no importance to anything… the house, the money… because it felt false to have expectations of life.”
D'Amico adds he doesn't plan on watching the show, but would be interested in discussing the role with Martin: “It’s getting to know the small things about a relationship,” he explained. “For example, Gianni was so ordered and focused at work but in his private life everything was disorganized. He’d leave the bathroom in a mess. At a certain point I said ‘enough!’ And when it came to cooking, he didn’t even know how to [boil] an egg.”
"American Crime Story: Versace" is set to debut on early in 2018.