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When Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries after a blink-and-you-missed-it 72-day marriage, it wasn't completely shocking that the media immediately intimated that perhaps the quickie wedding and split were staged for the benefit of reality TV. What is surprising, however, is that Humphries himself is now claiming the whole thing was a sham.
On Wednesday, the 26-year-old NBA player filed for an annulment from Kim, 31, according to People. And here's the kicker: In his Superior Court filing, Humphries marked the box reading "fraud" as the reason he's seeking a "nullity of voidable marriage."
Talk about a reality-TV-worthy twist.
Per California law, a nullity can be granted if a court finds that the marriage wasn't valid to begin with. Fraud -- as well as force, incest, bigamy and being under the legal age of consent -- is one of the legal grounds for such a finding.
Should a judge grant Humphries request for an annulment, it will be as if Kris and Kim were never married. Should the request be denied, Humphries is seeking a legal separation rather than a divorce.
So what does all this mean? Legally, it could portend a fierce courtroom battle because, on paper at least, the estranged spouses want different things. But a source close to Kardashian tells People that it won't come to that.
"(Kim) always wanted an annulment but attorneys were against it," says the source, "so she's happy that both parties agree now."
As for whether Humphries' fraud claim is his way of suggesting that his whirlwind romance and breakup with Kardashian was an elaborate farce put on to pump up ratings for E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the two-part Kim's Fairytale Wedding special... well, we may have to wait for Kris' Fairytale Annulment to learn the answer to that.