Kris Humphries' legal team hid a subpoena for Kanye West in a department store delivery box.
Lawyers acting for the basketball star and estranged wife Kim Kardashian appeared in court yesterday (15 August) as part of their ongoing divorce proceedings, and Kardashian's lawyer Laura Wasser told the judge that a "strange" individual loitered outside Kardashian's home for "two to three hours" on 16 July asking for the rapper.
The man eventually left a box from department store Nordstrom – which was found to contain the deposition request.
Humphries' lawyer Marshall Waller confirmed that the sportsman's legal team was "jumping through hoops" to get in touch with West, telling the judge: "Our process server rang the doorbell and amazingly [Kardashian] answered. …He asked if [West] was present, and she said he was on the telephone.
"If Mr. West's attorney ever calls us back, we'll be happy to have a talk. But as a practical matter, that hasn't happened. We're jumping through hoops. We'll probably have to serve him in public."
Wasser also complained that Humphries had been dragging out proceedings and that Kardashian had already racked up a $250 000 bill in attorney's fees, saying that Humphries and his legal team want to "take down reality TV" and noting that Kardashian's mother and manager Kris Jenner as well as NBC Universal and Bunim/Murray – which produces the Kardashian reality shows – had been served with subpoenas.
Humphries' lawyer told the court that he wants to prove that his client's 72-day marriage to Kardashian in 2011 was a fraud, with the wedding designed to boost ratings on her reality show.
Neither Kardashian nor Humphries were in court.