KEY POINTS

  • The heirs of Aldo Gucci, former chairman of the Gucci fashion house, released a statement criticizing "House of Gucci"
  • They claimed the production of the film "did not bother to consult" them before describing Aldo and their family as "thugs"
  • No legal action is being taken at this time by the Gucci family, a report says

The Gucci family has issued a statement slamming what they claim is their inaccurate portrayal in Ridley Scott's "House of Gucci."

Following the release of the movie, the heirs of Aldo Gucci, who served as chairman of the Gucci fashion house for over 30 years (from 1953 to 1986), claimed that the production of the film "did not bother to consult" them before describing Aldo (played by Al Pacino) and the members of the Gucci family as "thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them," Variety reported.

They went on to claim that "House of Gucci" gave "a tone and an attitude to the protagonists of the well-known events that never belonged to them."

"This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today," the statement continued.

"House of Gucci," which hit theaters last week, follows the story of Milanese socialite Patrizia Reggiani (played by Lady Gaga), who served nearly two decades in prison for hiring a hitman to murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam Driver). The film also follows the intricacies of the complicated family business and dynamics.

The statement — which was first published by Italian news agency ANSA — criticized the movie and its cast members for seemingly portraying Reggiani as "a victim trying to survive in a male and male chauvinist corporate culture," insisting that this "couldn’t be further from the truth" as they have always been "inclusive."

The statement noted that several women held top positions at the company during the 1980s, when the film is set. They include the president of Gucci America, the head of global PR and communications and a member of the board of directors of the Gucci America company, according to the family.

"Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a spectacle that is untrue and which does not do justice to its protagonists. The members of the Gucci family reserve the right to take action to protect the name, image and dignity of themselves and their loved ones," the statement concluded.

No legal action is being taken at this time by the Gucci family against film director Scott's Scott Free Productions and Universal, an unnamed insider told Variety.

Last week, Scott addressed previous criticism from Reggiani, who accused the director of "stealing the identity of a family to make a profit to increase the income of the Hollywood system." 

"I don't engage with that," Scott told BBC Radio on Nov. 22. "You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another went to jail for tax evasion, so you can't be talking to me about making a profit. As soon as you do that you become part of the public domain."

"House of Gucci" also stars Salma Hayek, Jared Leto and Jeremy Irons. It was released on Nov. 24.

Lady Gaga LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Singer Lady Gaga attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images