Charleston business owner Sam Mustafa sued for alleged rape

Sam Mustafa.
Sam Mustafa.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A woman who claimed she was raped by a 41-year-old Charleston business man while aboard his yacht has filed a civil suit months after criminal charges against the suspect were dropped.

Sam Mustafa was charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault after he allegedly raped a woman while aboard his yacht in the summer of 2011. The charges were dropped in January because witnesses were not credible and there was insufficient evidence, according to Mustafa's lawyer, Andy Savage.

"I'm not surprised or overly concerned," Savage said on Thursday regarding the civil suit."It will give us a chance to counter claim."

A Charleston Police Department incident report filed in October of 2011 claims Mustafa forced himself on the victim while in a cabin on his boat, The Southern Lady, in June of that year.

A civil suit was filed Tuesday in Charleston County, stating the victim has undergone pain, suffering, and mental anguish in association with the alleged rape.

The civil suit states Mustafa also sexually assaulted the victim on a jet ski as he sat behind her while she drove, and purposely said harmful things about her to people after the incident.

The suit charges Mustafa with assault and battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and negligence.

The woman, who was 20 years old at the time of the incident, is asking for a jury trial, and to be awarded actual and punitive damages.

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.

Live 5 News has reached out to Mustafa's attorney for comment on the civil suit.

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