Gianni Versace's brother on Monday dismissed as "false" claims made by two mafia turncoats in a new book published earlier this month that the murdered Italian fashion legend was linked to organised crime.
"It's absolutely all false," Santo Versace has said in a televised interview due to be broadcast later on Monday, the programme said in a statement.
"The Gianni Versace company has never laundered dirty money or trafficked drugs. Everyone knows this," he is quoted as saying.
Santo Versace is the chairman of the Gianni Versace group.
The two mafia turncoats alleged in the book of interviews that Gianni Versace, a native of the Calabria region in southern Italy that is a bastion for the 'Ndrangheta organised crime syndicate, had links to the mafia group.
Versace, who was shot dead by a serial killer outside his Miami Beach mansion in 1997, was never investigated or charged with mafia association.
He began designing with his dressmaker mother and went on to create an international fashion empire including perfumes, accessories and clothes.
Source: AFP Global Edition