Erin Molan engages defamation lawyers over Daily Mail articles

Media personality Erin Molan says she has “engaged a specialist defamation law firm” to take on the Daily Mail.

Molan was accused of being complicit in racism when she said “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka” in reference to the names of Pacific Islander NRL players on Nine’s 2GB.

Molan has engaged lawyers

The Daily Mail has since said Molan has “refused to apologise” over the incident.

Molan, however, now says there are “a number of untruths” in the Daily Mail’s version of events and that it constitutes “some of the most inaccurate, irresponsible and malicious” reporting she has seen.

“I would like to publicly address the misleading and inaccurate pieces by the Daily Mail regarding the audio clip that went to air during the Continuous Call on 2GB,” she said in a statement.

The inaccuracies, she said, include made-up quotes and claims she is refusing to apologise.

“The words ‘in-joke’ or ‘inside joke’ have been directly attributed to me by the Daily Mail in headlines and the body of articles multiple times. It has also been repeated as fact in numerous other publications and in personal and public social media posts. The quote is completely made up,” Molan said.

She also attempted to clarify the context of the incident.

“There was no discussion or segment last Saturday regarding how to pronounce Polynesian names – nor was I attempting to pronounce or ‘mock’ a Polynesian player’s name. My remarks were an attempt to reference a story that has been told multiple times on-air. They were clumsy and inappropriate. I apologised on-air last Friday and that apology stands.”

Molan concluded her statement noting she has the “utmost admiration and respect for the Polynesian community” – especially those who play NRL.

A Daily Mail spokesperson told Mumbrella the publication will defend its claims.

“Daily Mail Australia denies the articles published about Erin Molan are in any way actionable, and will be strenuously defending any legal action she takes.”


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