Man who toppled Utah rock formation claims he was disabled in accident

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Rock formations damaged at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.

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by CNN

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 6:05 PM

Two men in Utah are facing possible criminal charges after one damaged an ancient boulder.

But now there's word of another controversy surrounding the man who actually pushed the boulder over.

In a lawsuit we've just learned about, Glenn Taylor claims that he's disabled because of a car accident.

"Wiggle it, just a little bit."

The wiggle and the topple echoing across the worldwide web.

The man doing the pushing is Glenn Taylor.

"I was highly offended that somebody would act that way," said Alan McDonald.

Not just because Taylor toppled what's known as a goblin, this unusual looking, nearly 200 million year old rock formation in a Utah state park, but because Taylor is suing Alan McDonald and his daughter for a car accident four years ago.

According to this personal injury lawsuit, Taylor claims after the accident, he has "serious, permanent and debilitating injuries" and has endured "great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joys of life."

Taylor filed the lawsuit last month.

"Someone with a bad back who's disabled who can't enjoy life, to me, doesn't step up and push a rock that big right off it's base," said McDonald.

Taylor's lawyer did not return CNN's calls for comment, Taylor did say this to a CNN affiliate about the lawsuit.

"You don't look very debilitated from that video," asked the reporter.

"You didn't see how hard I pushed," replied Taylor.

Why would a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit post his own video tipping over an ancient rock formation?

People do the darndest things with cell phones.

"It's a strange thing, that people will file these claims, and you'd think they'd avoid the camera like the plague, but instead, they think no one will ever see it or repercussions will ever come of it," said CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos.

Or hear their excuses.

"Some little kid was 'bout ready to walk down here and die.  Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way," says Taylor's companion on the video of the rock formation toppling.

The Boy Scouts are not buying it, booting these two leaders for irresponsible behavior.

The two men could face federal charges for destroying an iconic rock formation.

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