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VERSACE REACTS: A recording of an interview alleging ties between the Versace family and the ’Ndrangheta — Calabria’s equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia — was made public late Thursday night on a local news program in Italy. The interview, which took place between Italian writer Gianluigi Nuzzi and a former top member of the criminal organization who turned state’s evidence, contained various claims including one that would link Gianni Versace’s death to debts he allegedly owed to the ’Ndrangheta.
The Italian fashion house promptly sent out a statement vehemently denying these reports. “With reference to advance press reports relating to the content of a book published by Chiarelettere, we categorically state that it is based on the false and shameful allegations and ‘confessions’ of a former member of the ’Ndrangheta,” the company said. “The Versace family, together with Gianni Versace SpA, utterly refute these baseless allegations and reserve the right to take every possible civil and criminal action against anybody who repeats or propagates these allegations, and to protect the reputation of the company and the memory of Gianni Versace.”