At least that's the initial word via a surge of e-mail citing both personal knowledge and seeing it via twitter updates. It's now beginning its roll-out on the UK press scene, such as this article here.
Smith, a cartoonist whose career stretches back to the late 1940s and who is primarily known as a foundational Judge Dredd artist, had been accused of assault and rape in the 1980s by a woman then in her teens. He flatly denied the charges and any and all implications of same during testimony yesterday. He was facing a total of nine charges.