LATEST: Controversial film-maker Michael Moore has hit back at Republicans, after they accused him of vote bribery.

The FAHRENHEIT 9/11 director, noted for his strong stance against American President George W Bush, sparked outrage among Republicans, who requested he be prosecuted for offering underwear and food to college students in exchange for their promise to vote.

He says, "It's ironic that Republicans have no problem with allowing assault weapons out on our streets, yet they don't want to put clean underwear in the hands of our slacker youth.

"The Republicans seem more interested in locking me up for trying to encourage people to participate in our democracy than locking up (OSAMA) BIN LADEN for his attacks on our democracy."

On Tuesday (05OCT04), Michigan Republicans asked four county prosecutors to file charges against Moore, citing an election law provision that prohibits a person from contracting with another for something of value in exchange for agreeing to vote.

Moore is touring the country and imploring "slackers" who usually don't vote to head to the polls this year (04), saying they could make the difference in the presidential race.

07/10/2004 08:54