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Irwin passed away at the age of 44 back in 2006.
TMZ reports that Bindi is required to have a minor’s contract with the show because she is only 17. Her mother signed a form giving away rights to any money her daughter makes on “Dancing with the Stars,” and it was submitted to the L.A. Superior Court.
But the judge wants the same release from her dad. He says that without proof that Steve is dead, he would be unable to “find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract,” according to TMZ.
It’s not clear if the judge knows that Steve passed away.
The contract guarantees Bindi to $125,000 along with incremental raises the further she makes it into the season. It’s currently week 8, so Bindi has made a total of $230,000 so far.
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