Bindi Irwin is in the midst of a legal battle with a Los Angeles court over her ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contract. Specifically, the judge needs proof that her father, the late Steve Irwin, is actually dead! Here’s what we know.
This is icky– and complicated. Bindi Irwin, at 17, is a minor, and thus, to compete on this season of Dancing With the Stars, she needed her parents to sign a form which states that they have no rights to any money Bindi earns while on the show. Bindi’s mother, Terri, signed, however, an L.A. Superior Court judge is demanding Bindi’s father sign the same release– despite the fact that Bindi’s father, Steve Irwin, died back in 2006. Like we said, icky.
The judge giving Bindi a hard time is hellbent on receiving proof that Steve give up his rights to the money Bindi earns, saying, “the court is unable to find that it is int he best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract,” according to TMZ.
So, is the judge just embarrassingly unaware that Steve has been deceased for nearly a decade, or is she just making things difficult for Bindi and demanding a death certificate? It’s hard to say, however, DWTS lawyers “will do what it takes to get the judge to sign off,” according to TMZ.
If and when the judge does sign off, Bindi is set to make quite a bit of money. TMZ has her contract negotiations below:
— a guarantee of $125k
— by making it to weeks 3 and 4 she gets an additional $10k per week
— week 5 gets her another $15,000
— weeks 6 and 7 she gets $20k a week
— weeks 8 and 9 she gets $30k a week
— and if she makes it to 10 and 11 she gets $50,000 a week
Having now made it to week 8 of the dancing competition, Bindi has so far made $230,000, and only stands to make more.
Are you rooting for Bindi on DWTS?
— Casey Mink