The longtime partner of Gianni Versace is coming out against his portrayal in the crime drama American Crime Story. According to People, Antonio D'Amico finds significant parts of the TV series to be inaccurate, including his relationship with the fashion designer.
“Significant parts of the [series] on Gianni Versace’s murder do not reflect the reality of the events that took place,” says D’Amico. “I feel — together with those who know me well — that my character … is a misrepresentation of myself and what our relationship was like.” In the series, Gianni wants a family and D'Amico stops him because of his own playboy lifestyle. “Neither Gianni nor I were looking to get married or to have children,” he says. “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 59-year-old is portrayed by Ricky Martin in the series (seen below).
He also notes scenes where Versace's actual killer, Andrew Cunanan, interacts with the designer at the San Francisco Opera as inaccurate. He explains the way the events play out “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.” He says a scene where Versace and Cunanan share an intimate toast could never have happened as Versace never drank. “I remember it clearly because it was quite an event,” he says. “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."
In real life, D'Amico and Versace were together for more than 15 years.
Versace's family has also come out against the series, calling it a work of fiction. “The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series," it said in a statement previously.
[Photo: Getty Images, American Crime Story]