Rape charges dismissed against Market Street Saloon owner

Mustafa (Courtesy: CCSO)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A rape charge against the owner of a downtown Charleston bar was dismissed on Monday, prosecutors confirmed.{}

According to 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the charges against Market Street Saloon owner Sam Mustafa were dropped due to credibility issues with a witness.

The case against Mustafa started almost two years ago when a woman who worked at the bar accused Mustafa of sexually assaulting her.{}

Mustafa is the founder of the Charleston Hospitality Group and the owner of several businesses in the Lowcountry that include but aren't limited to Charleston Limo Service, Tabbuli Grill, Market Street Saloon and Toast.

According to an affidavit, the woman said she was on Mustafa's boat, which was in the area of Morris Island, when he grabbed her and threw her onto a bed in a cabin. The woman told police he then forcibly removed her bikini bottoms, shoved her knees to her chest and forced intercourse. The woman said she yelled at Mustafa and begged him to stop.

Later that evening, according to the affidavit, the woman was taken to MUSC, where she received a sexual assault examination that showed signs of forced intercourse.