Rape case against local business owner will go to trial

Sam Mustafa
Sam Mustafa

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge ruled Wednesday that the rape case against a Charleston business owner will go to trial.

Charleston County Associate Magistrate James Gosnell Jr. ruled that prosecutors had established probable cause in the case of 41-year-old Sam Mustafa, who is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A 20-year-old woman filed a report with the Charleston Police Department in October claiming that the 6'6" Mustafa raped her in a cabin aboard his boat, The Southern Lady, in June.

Mustafa owns many businesses in the Lowcountry including: Toast, both Market Street Saloon locations, Charleston Downtown Limo, and three other restaurants called Sam's Corner, Tabbuli Grill, and Eli's Table.

A court date has not been set yet, according to officials at the magistrate's office.

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