Kris Humphries claimed Kim Kardashian only married him for publicity.
However, Kim Kardashian, 32, hit back at her estranged husband’s protestations as she sat through a secret 9-hour divorce deposition at her lawyer’s office on Tuesday.
Insisting she didn’t tie the knot with Kris Humphries to boost ratings for her reality show, Kim Kardashian maintained she “really did love” the basketball player when he popped the question.
According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian “testified under oath” that her intentions were genuine when she accepted Kris Humphries’ marriage proposal, despite the union only going on to last for 72 days.
Accompanied by her lawyer Laura Wasser, Kim Kardashian affirmed that the success of her reality show “played no part in her decision to tie the knot”.
Lee Hutton, the lawyer representing Kris Humphries throughout the divorce proceedings, was probing for evidence to prove that Kim Kardashian married the sports star to boost ratings and consequently “defrauded” him.
Kim Kardashian insisted she didn’t tie the knot with Kris Humphries to boost ratings for her reality show
While Kris Humphries is hoping for an annulment – rather than a divorce – based on the count of fraud, sources have told TMZ the lengthy deposition “didn’t help his case”.
Kris Humphries didn’t turn up for the hearing, and Lee Hutton is said to have “not asked much at all about the reality show and whether it was staged”, despite previously threatening to “blow the lid off” the alleged fraud.
Kim Kardashian filed for divorce on October 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences after just 72 days of marriage.
The case will finally come to trial on May 6, nineteen months after the reality star originally filed for divorce, with Kris Humphries alleging that the entire nuptials were a fraud and that Kim Kardashian only married him for the sake of her reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The court case gives Kim Kardashian a chance to obtain her divorce before the birth of her first child with rapper boyfriend Kanye West, which is due in July.
Kris Humphries’ lawyer Marshall Waller has filed new divorce documents accusing Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child in June with boyfriend Kanye West, of trying to use the situation to speed up a settlement.
The attorney states Kris Humphries had nothing to do with her “unplanned pregnancy” and it should have no impact on their litigation.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, the documents say: “What is really going on here is that an <<urgency>> in the form of an apparently unplanned pregnancy, something [Humphries] had nothing to do with, is perceived by [Kim Kardashian] as an opportunity to gain a litigation advantage by trying to force this court to prematurely set this matter for trial.”
Kris Humphries’ lawyer also allegedly took a further swipe at Kim Kardashian, 32, by adding a footnote after the word “pregnancy” that reads: “Indeed, why would [Kim] plan to get pregnant in the midst of divorce proceedings?”
Their split has dragged on for more than a year, despite their marriage lasting a mere 72 days, because they continue to disagree about how to end their marriage.
Kris Humphries wants an annulment on grounds of fraud, while Kim Kardashian, through her lawyer Laura Wasser, denies that she married him under false pretences and wants a divorce.
Kris Humphries’ lawyer Marshall Waller has filed new divorce documents accusing Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child in June with boyfriend Kanye West, of trying to use the situation to speed up a settlement
Radar Online reports that the documents also state Kris Humphries’ desire for further delay in the trial because key witnesses have yet to be deposed and he has not received documents he says he needs.
The website reports that Kris Humphries wants raw footage of episodes of the Kardashian reality shows and records from Ryan Seacrest Productions, E! Entertainment Productions, and Bunim-Murray Productions but none have been turned over.
The documents state: “Indeed, if as Ms. Wasser asserts there really is <<no evidentiary support>> to support Humphries claims, why don’t they just give us the access we want? What are they hiding? What is there in the raw footage of this televised courtship, 72 day marriage and resultant breakup that they are so afraid of us discovering?”
While Laura Wasser wants to set a divorce trial for March, Kris Humphries would be unable to attend proceedings then due to his NBA basketball schedule and would not be available until “May or June”, according to the court papers.