Kris Humphries is true to the adage, Hoops before Hoes ... and that's precisely why he was a no-show at Kim Kardashian's deposition.
You'll recall ... Kris' lawyer, Lee Hutton, talked about Kris' constitutional right to look Kim in the eyes as she testified under oath about their short-lived marriage.
So why, you ask, did Kris miss that golden opportunity? Sources close to the BBaller tell TMZ ... Kris had practice and travel obligations Tuesday, as Kim sat for her marathon, 9-hour depo. He had just finished a game Monday night in Michigan, had practice Tuesday and was traveling later that day to Dallas for a Wednesday game.
We're told Kris is adamant about one thing -- attending the May 6 trial, even if it conflicts with the playoffs. So hoes don't always come in second.
Sits For Deposition
I Really Did Love Him
3/21/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian secretly sat for her deposition Tuesday in L.A. ... and she testified under oath that when she accepted Kris Humphries' proposal of marriage and when she said "I do," she really did love him.
TMZ has learned ... the deposition was taken at the offices of Kim's lawyer ... disso queen Laura Wasser (the pic was taken on their way in). It lasted 9 hours.
Kris Humphries' lawyer probed for evidence that Kim defrauded Kris and only married him to goose ratings for her reality show, but we're told Kris didn't make any headway. He's shooting for an annulment based on fraud, but sources say the depo didn't help his case.
Get this ... Kris did NOT show up for the depo. His lawyer made a big stink in court that Kris had a right to be there. He didn't even have a game on Tuesday.
As for the reality show ... we're told Kim testified it played no part in her decision to tie the knot. Other than that, we've learned Kris' lawyer, Lee Hutton, did not ask much at all about the reality show and whether it was staged. Hutton has made numerous threats that he would blow the lid off the reality show during the trial, so it's surprising he virtually ignored it in Kim's depo.
Kim has been gunning for a divorce for almost a year-and-a-half. The trial is set for May 6.
Kris' Fraud Case
3/13/2013 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A deposition has surfaced in the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce in which the producer of Kim's reality show confesses Kim re-shot her reaction to Kris' marriage proposal ... problem for Kris -- it kills his fraud case.
According to the depo transcript -- obtained by Life & Style -- when Kris proposed to Kim on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," a producer says Kim was "completely surprised" and didn't give a good reaction, so she asked that it be re-shot.
2 big problems for Kris:
1. Kris is alleging Kim fraudulently induced him to marry her. Since he proposed and she was surprised, it means it positively wasn't a grand scheme to dupe him.
2. Kris clearly knew she re-shot her reaction, so no matter what, he was in on everything.
Short story ... give it up Kris.
Kris Humphries' Family
Kim K Should Admit ...
Marriage Was a 'Sham'
3/10/2013 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Humphries' relatives have a major bone to pick with Kim Kardashian ... claiming Kim K's 72-day-marriage to the NBA star was nothing but a "sham" and it's about damn time she fess up to it.
Kris' aunt Dedria -- who attended K & K's wedding back in 2011 -- is adamant Kim duped her nephew into tying the knot as a ploy to boost ratings for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," telling The UK Sun, "[The wedding] was a sham."
Not only that, Dedria says Kim needs to own up to her fraud so Kris can get the annulment he desires, explaining, "An annulment says it wasn’t valid in the first place. She should admit that it was a sham at the very least.”
As TMZ previously reported, Kim wants a simple divorce, but Kris is hell-bent on fighting for an annulment ... claiming he was defrauded, which could render any pre-nup illegitimate and free the NBA'er from his confidentiality clause.
That said, Kris' Uncle Mike believes his nephew's legal battle is motivated by revenge, telling the paper, "I believe he wants payback."
A trial is set to begin May 6.
Accidental Dinner Date
With Kris Humphries
3/5/2013 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
How's this for awkward -- Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom came face-to-face with the Kardashian family's arch nemesis last night ... Kris Humphries ... after the two NBA players accidentally ended up at the same NYC restaurant ... at the same exact time.
The restaurant is called Catch (try the lobster mac and cheese) but we're told Kris and Lamar sat at completely separate tables ... and didn't utter a single word to each other.
According to sources, both players eventually exited the restaurant without incident.
And get this ... NO LAWYERS WERE INVOLVED!
Catholic Church Honcho
Won't Touch Her Divorce
2/20/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cardinal Donald Wuerl will touch millions of lives when he votes for the new Pope next month -- but he won't touch Kim Kardashian's divorce with a ten-foot crucifix. Smart guy, that Cardinal.
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I'd Miss NBA Playoffs ...
To Screw Kim in Court
2/17/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Humphries is so hell-bent on humiliating Kim Kardashian ... he's willing to screw over his team and risk the NBA championship ... just to face off with her in court.
A judge has set a May 6th trial date for K & K's long-awaited showdown. Kim has wanted a simple divorce for nearly a year-and-a-half, but Kris wants an annulment on grounds she allegedly defrauded him ... he also wants to prove her reality show is fake.
Problem is ... Kris' team, the Brooklyn Nets, are on track to score a spot in the 2013 Playoffs -- which run from April 20th to June 20th.
Since the trial could last 2-3 days ... Kris has several options:
1. Settle the case BEFORE it goes to trial so he can play in the playoffs.
2. Play in Playoff games but miss the trial. It can go on without him, though it puts him at a handicap.
3. Go to the trial and let his team down
Sources close to Kris tell TMZ ... the NBA'er has already made up his mind -- if the Nets make the playoffs, and the trial falls on game days ... he'll ditch the games.
Now the really stupid part. There's no way Kris is going to win this trial. The judge will grant the divorce and Kris will get no money, because of the prenup (and the fact the marriage lasted 72 days). As for what Kris will risk ... his 2-year, $24 million contract.
What's that saying? Bros before ... ?
Sacrifices Her Couch ...
for $5 Mil Mansion Sale
2/16/2013 12:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you're a couch in Kim Kardashian's house, don't get too attached -- TMZ has learned when she unloaded her Beverly Hills mansion recently ... all the primo furniture was included in the price.
Sources tell us ... Kim quietly sold her 4,000-square-foot pad -- the one she once shared with Kris Humphries for a hot minute -- for just under $5 million. She bought it in 2010 for $4.8 million.
We're told Kim wanted a quickie sale -- she has that other mansion to nest in with Kanye West -- so when the buyer asked to have all the high-end furniture included ... KK gave it up without a fight.
The lucky buyer scored everything from couches, to coffee tables, to custom made pieces like Kim's favorite glam station vanity dresser (which we're told was hard for her to part with) ... all totaled worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bright side for Kim ... she's got so much money ... she's building an entire salon in her new digs.
Gets 3-Month Reprieve
... Divorce Trial Set For May
2/15/2013 12:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian will not be able to shake Kris Humphries out of her life for 3 more months ... because a judge just set their divorce trial for May 6.
Kim's lawyer, Laura Wasser, had been gunning for a trial next month -- claiming Kris' lawyers have abused the legal system by stalling for no good reason. The judge finally laid down the law and set a trial date, but the first available time for the trial is May.
Kris' lawyer predictably tried to get another delay before setting a trial date, but the judge wasn't buying what he was selling.
TMZ broke the story ... one of Kris' lawyers bailed on his client yesterday, citing "irreconcilable differences." Sources tell us ... the lawyer felt Kris was full of BS wanting an annulment, because there was no proof of fraud.
Kris Humphries' Lawyer
Kris' Annulment Claim
2/15/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Even Kris Humphries' soon-to-be ex-lawyer thinks Kris is abusing the legal system by fighting for an annulment from Kim Kardashian ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with Kris tell TMZ ... attorney Marshall Waller made it clear to his client ... there are NO legal grounds for annulling his marriage to Kim, because there's absolutely NO evidence of fraud.
Our sources say Waller and Kris reached an impasse ... because Kris' out-of-state attorney, Lee Hutton won't budge from the whole annulment thing. So, as TMZ first reported, Waller filed legal docs Thursday asking the judge to get him the hell out of the case.
And get this ... In Waller's motion to be relieved as counsel, he zings Kris by saying they have "irreconcilable differences" -- EXACTLY the grounds for a garden-variety divorce.
One final thing ... lawyers for Kim and Kris are in court this morning, and as we previously reported, Kim's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, will demand a trial date as early as next month. The question now -- will Kris argue that since he just lost his California lawyer, he needs more time?
If the judge buys Kris' rather lame argument, it will be the 4th time the judge would have delayed the trial for a 72-day marriage that effectively ended nearly a year-and-a-half ago.
Lawyer Fires Him!
2/14/2013 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Humphries' lawyer has quit his divorce case, saying he and Kris just don't see eye-to-eye on the Kim Kardashian divorce.
In the documents ... obtained by TMZ ... Marshall Waller says there has been an "irremediable breakdown of the attorney-client relationship." Waller says he's communicated the difference with Kris -- to no avail.
Kris still has an out-of-state lawyer -- Lee Hutton, but now Hutton needs another California lawyer to sponsor him in the divorce case ... a case that has dragged on for almost a year-and-a-half.
Kim Kardashian's Lawyer
Kris' Lawyer Is a
2/13/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Humphries is threatening to destroy Kim Kardashian's reality TV career, unless he gets what he wants in their divorce case ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Disso queen Laura Wasser complains in new docs ... Humphries' lawyer, Lee Hutton, was LYING when he told the judge he didn't tell her he was on a mission to "blow the lid off reality television"
What's more ... Wasser strongly insinuates Humphries and Hutton have been threatening to use the divorce case to "expose" Kim's show, unless they get money and/or an annulment.
As for Hutton's threat, Wasser says he bluntly told her, "The Kardashians or Bunim-Murray [producers of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'] do not want that to happen."
Wasser says Hutton has virtually ignored the divorce ... she says 95% of his deposition questions have been about the ins and outs of Kim's show. Among the questions Hutton asked producers:
- "Is any aspect of season 6 [which features Humphries] scripted? If so, who maintains those scripts?"
- "Are storyboards created for season 6?"
- "It's not uncommon for a producer ... to give direction to cast members during a particular scene, is it?"
- "Can you tell me who gave direction to the characters for the Bora Bora episode on what topics they should discuss? [The episode in which Kris finds out Kim had previously been married]."
Wasser also calls BS on Humphries' claim he can't deal with his divorce case during basketball season. Wasser says he has plenty of days off, including the upcoming All-Star Game -- which she's certain will not require his participation.
Kim Kardashian to Judge
Help Me Create a
New, Full Life
2/6/2013 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian says she wants a divorce because it "will help create a new, full life for me" ... this according to new legal docs.
Kim filed a declaration in her divorce case obtained by TMZ, complaining to the judge that Kris Humphries is not only standing in the way of her happiness, but threatening her health and welfare, and "also ... the health and well-being of my unborn child." We broke the story, her doctor is concerned as well.
Kim scoffs at Kris' claim she defrauded him in the marriage, and says it's actually Kris who is screwing with her life. She says she wants a divorce so she can move on with her life, and "the same should hold true for [Kris].
Kim notes Kanye is eager to sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity when their child is born, but he won't be able to if she's still married to Kris.
And Kim is citing some stories claiming Kris is saying he now has "all the power" and that "he is in control of my misery."