Bindi Irwin Supposedly Needs to Prove Her Dad Died in Order to Get Paid for 'DWTS'

Bindi and Steve IrwinOne of the most powerful moments from this season on Dancing with the Stars was when 17-year-old Bindi Irwin preformed a moving tribute to her late father Steve Irwin. The dance received a well-deserved perfect score and left the audience in tears. One person who must not have been watching, though, was an L.A. Superior Court judge who is demanding proof that Steve Irwin actually died.


Because Bindi is still a minor, her contract with Dancing with the Stars had to be approved by the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Her mother signed a form to give up all rights to the money Bindi earns, and the paperwork was presented to the courts by lawyers for the show.

Recently, however, TMZ discovered that the courts want the same parental release form signed by Steve Irwin and that without that form or proof of his death, "the court is unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract."

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Given that Steve Irwin's death from a stingray barb was international news, it seems shocking that Bindi's money from DWTS might be withheld until his death certificate can be provided. As TMZ noted, however, the judge may just be trying to make sure that all the important paperwork is on file, and it's not that he or she doesn't actually believe Steve Irwin is dead.

Lawyers from DWTS are said to be working on the matter while Bindi continues to move forward on the show. Once the contract is approved, she stands to earn more than $230,000 for her time so far. Wow.


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