Cher boycotted Sunday's (23MAR03) OSCARS because she's sick of seeing Hollywood's greats being treated like "cattle".

The one-time winner was supposed to be part of a "class photo" at the Academy Awards, which was boycotted by many previous Oscar winners, but unlike her peers, Cher didn't stay away because of the war in Iraq.

She says, "I wasn't interested. I didn't go to that thing because the last time I did attend an event like that, they treated us like cattle.

"It's not so much for me but I feel for all the old-timers. Now I am one of them and I thought, ''m not going to go through that s**t again.'"