Woman files civil suit against Saloon owner after criminal case dropped

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A former employee of the Market Street Saloon has filed a civil suit against the owner for an alleged sexual assault aboard his boat in June 2011.

The same woman filed a criminal suit against Sam Mustafa that failed on witness credibility issues.

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.

The most recent suit accuses Mustafa of assault and battery, inflicting emotional distress, false imprisonment, defamation, and negligence.

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.

The lawsuit did not specify damages.