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"Goblin Toppler" Under Scrutiny for Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed in 2009

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KUTV--One of the men infamously nicknamed the "goblin toppler," for his role in pushing over a sandstone rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park last Friday is now facing further questions.

Glenn Taylor was recorded pushing over the stone in a video which sparked debate and went viral across the country. He had also filed a personal injury lawsuit in 2009 against a woman and her father for injuries he suffered in the accident.

Taylor said he injured his back and had to endure "great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life." The suit also says the accident was "debilitating."

Alan MacDonald, the father of the woman who rear-ended Taylor, says he was surprised when he first saw the lawsuit and noted no one went to the hospital after the crash. After watching the video of Taylor pushing over the stone, MacDonald questions just how "debilitating" the injury was. 

"He's climbing over other rocks...then he lines up, gets leverage and pushes that big old rock several times before he finally pushes it over." MacDonald added Taylor then "turns and twists and high-fives and yucks it up and flexes his muscles. He just doesn't look like a terribly disabled person to me."

Taylor's attorney Mark Stubbs responded by saying just because his client is beginning to recover from his injured back doesn't mean he hasn't suffered from pain in the past. The attorney also adds that medical bills in the wake of the accident could continue for years. He did admit the tape won't play well before a jury if it goes to trial, although it is only one piece of a larger case. 

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