Goblin toppler cites "debilitating" injuries prior to viral video

ALPINE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The man who is seen toppling over a goblin in Central Utah in a viral video online is found to have filed a personal injury lawsuit a month before the incident in which he said he has permanent and debilitating injuries.
ALPINE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The man who is seen toppling over a goblin in Central Utah in a viral video online is found to have filed a personal injury lawsuit a month before the incident in which he said he has permanent and debilitating injuries.

Glenn Taylor, a Boy Scout troop leader, pushed over the massive rock at Goblin Valley State Park a week ago. Taylor filed the personal injury lawsuit last month.

The video posted on Facebook went viral and created uproar from the public. The formations are tens of millions of years old.

The men claimed they were protecting people from the fragile rock. In an interview with ABC News, Taylor said he toppled the goblin for safety reasons.

But Alan Macdonald isn’t buying it.

“I was just highly offended to see somebody act that way,” Macdonald said.

Macdonald doesn’t know Taylor, but he is being sued by him. Macdonald’s daughter was in a car accident and hit Taylor in 2009. Roughly four years later, Taylor is suing Macdonald and his daughter for personal injuries.

“In the video I see a big strong guy who steps up to a 2,000 pound rock and dislodges it and I just think to myself, that guy doesn’t have a bad back,” Macdonald said.

In the lawsuit, Taylor said he endured “great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of life" from the car accident has incurred an estimated $5,000 in medical related expenses.

“Somebody with a bad back who is disabled who can’t enjoy life to me doesn’t step up and push a rock right off it’s base,” Macdonald said.

Macdonald said so many people have seen the now infamous video he wonders if Taylor will have second thoughts about suing his family.

Utah State Park officials said the men in the video could face federal charges for their actions.

Taylor also told ABC News he has some regrets.

“The Boy Scouts didn’t teach me to do this,” Taylor said. “Would I do it again? Yes, with a ranger standing there. That’s what we should have done.”

Several attempts to reach Taylor and his attorney for comment on the personal injury lawsuit were not immediately returned.

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