Donatella Versace Dismisses Lifetime’s “House of Versace”


The biopic is bootleg, fashionista Donatella Versace says of Lifetime’s made-for-TV movie about the rise of her family’s style empire.

In a curt statement released on Thursday, Donatella expressed her thinly-veiled displeasure over the unauthorized biography, titled House of Versace. The problem, according to a rep for Versace, stems from the movie’s source material, Deborah Ball’s unauthorized 2010 tome House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival. The book detailed the 1996 murder of Donatella’s designer brother Gianni Versace, as well as her past as a cocaine-snorting party-girl.

“Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Ms. Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.”

Donatella’s aversion to the film may have something to do with the trailer, in which Donatella (played by Gina Gershon) makes flippant remarks like, “I was always crazy — even before the drugs,” and, “If you want to put me on a leash, it better be diamond studded or you can kiss my ass.”

House of Versace, which co-stars Enrico Colantoni as Gianni and Raquel Welch as Aunt Lucia, airs Saturday, Oct. 5 on Lifetime.


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