A judge has reportedly ruled that Bindi Irwin needs to prove her father is dead before she can be awarded her pay for Dancing With The Stars US.
The 17-year-old's father, 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, died in 2006 after he was attacked by a stingray in Australia. Bindi was 8 years old at the time and spoke to a broadcast of 8 million people at his memorial in their home of Australia Zoo.
However, TMZ claims a court judge is demanding proof that her father is dead, before Bindi can claim her pay for Dancing With The Stars US, reported to be at least US$230,000 (NZ$347,000).
While Bindi's mother Terri signed a form stating she gives up all rights to any money her daughter will earn from the celebrity reality show, the judge is also wanting a signed form from the father.
Without prove of Steve Irwin giving up his rights to his daughter's money, the judge ruled that "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."
It's unclear if the judge is unaware of Bindi's father's death, or if she needs to provide a death certificate for him.
Lawyers from the show plan to prove the Crocodile Hunter did die in 2006 from a stingray barb.
The 17-year-old has been open on the reality show about the impact her father's death has had on her life, dedicating one of her 'Memorable Year' dances to him in the show.
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