It doesn't have to be entirely RR's decision...just partly. Because the original statement was absolving him of ALL blame for his bad PR. If Rich had said "I just want to pay the money and be done with it", none of it would have happened, and he could have done it. Now, did maybe others advice him otherwise? Sure. But it's his decision how to take it. Which makes him at least PARTLY responsible.
I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY