The Versace Family—Italian Mobsters?

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The Versace family—a veritable Italian fashion dynasty—has seen its fair share of scandal and drama (deaths, unfortunate bouts of plastic surgery—we’re looking at you, Donatella). So the rumor that the Versaces are involved in the “’Ndrangheta,” which WWD describes as “the equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia,” actually seems believable. Apparently, an interview with a former member of the Mafia-like org has surfaced, and states that the family has some sort of tie to the ‘Ndrangheta (yeah, we have no idea how to pronounce that), and even that Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder was somehow linked to financial debts the designer owed the mob. Of course, the Versace family and company denies all the accusations. So, who knows if it’s really true? At the very least, someone should write a juicy thriller based on this premise! [WWD]

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