On July 22, Conan O'Brien's Team Coco announced it would produce HBO Max comedy specials for four comedians, including Veitch, who would star in a special titled Straight to VHS that would be released on Aug. 20. On July 23, Meghan Klien, a postproduction supervisor in Los Angeles and a big comedy fan, saw an article about the comedy special. "Klien had barely known Veitch when she was a 22-year-old senior at Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and he was a graduate student, then pushing 30. But seeing news of the comedy special made her furious," reports The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters. "Klien tweeted impulsively: 'It was common knowledge to stay away from him when I was an undergrad… It makes my skin crawl to see someone like that succeed knowing how much he violated my classmates. #creep.' Then Klien reconsidered. She had never really verified the stories she'd heard. So she deleted the tweet and texted former classmate Jael Simonson-Tunick, asking if she remembered who Veitch had allegedly assaulted. When Simonson-Tunick got that text, she says, 'I immediately felt a pang of rage and shock.' Like Klien, she hadn’t really known Veitch at Sarah Lawrence but knew his reputation. 'Something in me snapped,' she says. Simonson-Tunick reached out to trusted college friends, asking to be connected with anyone who had a story to tell about Veitch’s time at Sarah Lawrence. Thus began an extraordinary organizing effort that ultimately led more than a dozen women to come forward, first in a Facebook group and then in interviews with THR." Veitch declined to comment, "but a source close to him says he denies all allegations," reports Masters. "He is not a household name, but his star has been ascending. His 2016 TED talk about dealing with spam emails was viewed nearly 62 million times. A 2017 appearance on Conan went viral, with almost 27 million YouTube views. His bit about trolling spammers turned into a deal with Hachette; his book was released in June. In February, Quibi announced that he would be host of a talk show featuring celebrity guests (Regina Hall, Lisa Kudrow)." Responding to the allegations, HBO Max tells People it plans to remove Veitch's special from its platform.