Wiggle’s voice trainer arrested on historic child sex charges

The Sydney-based voice trainer of the current Red Wiggle has been arrested on historic sex charges allegedly committed in England more than 40 years ago.

Robert Graham Bickerstaff was arrested by Federal Police at his north shore home on August 29 after British authorities contacted the Australian Attorney-General's office.

Red Wiggle Simon Pryce with his singing teacher Robert Bickerstaff on his 83rd birthday in 2015. Picture: Twitter
Red Wiggle Simon Pryce with his singing teacher Robert Bickerstaff on his 83rd birthday in 2015. Picture: Twitter

Bickerstaff, 87, has spent the past two weeks in custody but and appear in Central Local Court on Wednesday, where British authorities will begin the process of attempting to extradite him to England.

The charges he faces relate to an alleged child offence decades ago.

Red Wiggle Simon Pryce with Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins rehearse for The Wiggles Concert at Darling Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Red Wiggle Simon Pryce with Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins rehearse for The Wiggles Concert at Darling Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Red Wiggle Simon Pryce has previously posted on social media that Bickerstaff was his voice trainer from when he was a young singer.

"Home to celebrate my singing teacher Robert Bickerstaff's 83rd B'day. He's been my singing teacher for 20 years!," he posted on his Twitter account in 2017.



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