Sports broadcaster Erin Molan's mother said her daughter was so traumatised following the publication of Daily Mail content she thought she might harm herself, a court has been told.
Anne Molan was giving evidence on the third day of her daughter's defamation case against Daily Mail Australia in which she is suing over one article and two tweets from June 2020.
Molan, 39, says the content born from her comments "hooka looka mooka hooka fooka" on 2GB's The Continuous Call Team rugby league program implies she is a racist who was mocking Polynesian names.
Her mother on Wednesday said her daughter became ravaged and confused by what then happened and entered into a "traumatised state".
She described a family trip they took together in Royalla near Canberra months after the publications as a "nightmare".
A "forlorn and withdrawn" Erin at one point put her daughter's hand into the palm of her mother's, while they were near a coffee stand by the side of the road, with an "eerie" and "disconnected" look in her eyes.
"A car went by and Erin's eyes were vacant and I just had an instant thought she may have the intention to do something to herself, to cause herself some harm," Ms Molan told the court.
When Molan learned the Daily Mail's defence to her case was "sensational," she became "absolutely hysterical," worrying about her Continuous co-hosts Ray Hadley and Darryl Brohman as they were mentioned in court documents, she said.
She became worried again about death threat messages, following an earlier similar barrage of abuse.
Before the Daily Mail's stories she was a hard-working, happy mother but has since become constantly despairing and sad that her mothering ability has been compromised by the events.
The Federal Court also heard from Kulture Break's founder Francis Owusu, who has worked with Molan since she became the ambassador of his charity in 2017.
He said her values of integrity, empathy and compassion aligned with his foundation's goals, and she had a reputation for always looking out for the well-being of others.
Molan earlier denied all accents "from around the world," she often used in radio segments were "ugly racial stereotypes".
She and her co-hosts were always the butts of these self-deprecating jokes, and she never meant offence to any cultural groups, she said.
In one she was heard attempting a Japanese accent and makes reference to "you're so good," and "raw fish", which she said is about her favourite food sushi.
In another, she says "I wuv you very long time, very handsome man," but said she was quoting lines from a famous movie, rather than trying to imitate the character who is a Chinese prostitute.
The Daily Mail's barrister Bruce McClintock SC said she was regularly engaging in "despicable acts of casual racism," as his client pleads a defence of truth in the case.
But her lawyer Kieran Smark SC previously told the court the online website "took something that perhaps was silly, perhaps was frivolous ... and turned it into something which was sinister and immensely damaging to (her) reputation".
The hearing continues.
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