Pop star Britney Spears has topped a new survey of internet 'hate' sites - beating off stiff competition from Saddam Hussein, Michael Jackson and vegetables.

Research into internet search engine GOOGLE.COM found that the 22-year-old star has 2,000 websites boasting "I hate Britney Spears" as their motto, with deposed Iraqi leader Hussein having less than half that amount - 744.

Britney's ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake was found to have 206 hate sites, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has 96, and Jennifer Lopez has 163 - but the runner-up to Spears was found to be vegetables, which have collected 1120 derogatory sites.

03/12/2003 13:49