Judge dismisses rape charge Charleston business owner

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A rape charge has been dropped for a 41-year-old Charleston business man, according to his lawyer.

Sam Mustafa was charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault in an incident that happened aboard his boat in the summer of 2011.

According to Mustafa's lawyer, Andy Savage,  charges have been dropped because witnesses were not credible and there was insufficient supporting evidence.

A 20-year-old woman filed a report with the Charleston Police Department in October of 2011 claiming that Mustafa raped her in a cabin aboard his boat, The Southern Lady, in June of that year.

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.

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