I Spy star ROBERT CULP has been given the go-ahead to sue Los Angeles Zoo officials over what he claims is the mistreatment of elephants. The animal-loving actor, 77, and a real estate agent pal are keen to prove that zoo bosses have withheld medical care from elephants and treat the creatures so badly, they should be banned from keeping pachyderms altogether. Culp's lawsuit opposes the zoo's new $40 million (GBP20 million) elephant exhibit. On Monday (29Oct07), Judge Reginald A. Dunn rejected arguments by the city that the complaint lacks a legal basis.