WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2013 ( – The heir of the Levi Strauss fortune used lies, financial incentives, and “verbal and mental intimidation” to convince his ex-girlfriend to abort a child that would have forced him to give up his ski trips and forced him to grow up, the woman alleges in a new lawsuit.

Christina Helm was 45 years old when she says she became pregnant by Daniel Haas last June, following a year-long romantic relationship.

“When the family demanded that he 'fix' the problem, he did,” she says in court documents. “Even if 'fixing' the problem meant lying to his friend, lover, and the mother of his unborn child.” 


At that point, claims Helm, Haas used “verbal and mental intimidation,” strongly suggesting she take the “morning after pill.”

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After she filed a paternity suit against Haas last September 6, Helm says the jeans scion promised to pay her $300,000 if she had an abortion within the next week. She says she was reluctant, realizing this may be her final chance to have a child, but after she followed through, she says he didn't pay up.

Hass' “true and only motivation was to ensure that plaintiff was no longer pregnant at all costs,” she maintains.

Helm is seeking the promised $300,000, as well as $7,500 attorney's fees, and punitive damages for a number of infractions, including intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Helm alleges that Haas wanted to abort the pregnancy because he knew a baby would bring poor publicity and the “end of extended ski-trips of Lake Tahoe, end of extended surfing trips to South America, jeopardizing his family's stature in the community, public relations fallout, become a father and finally having to grow up.”

Levi Strauss, which reported net revenues of $4.6 billion in 2012, has long supported abortion-on-demand. Life Decisions International named Levi Strauss to its boycott list years ago for its pro-abortion activism.

The company has also been at the forefront of redefining the family. This spring, the Levi Strauss Foundation financially supported a USAID program dedicating $11 million in taxpayer funds to train homosexual activists in other countries. In 2009, the company began offering jeans decorated with a ribbon supporting same-sex “marriage.”