Kris Humphries is to cite fraud in his request that his marriage to Kim Kardashian be annulled.

The basketball star was shocked when the socialite filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage at the end of October but is reportedly planning to hit back at her paperwork with his own petition because he believes he was used as a pawn by the reality TV star.

A friend of Kris' told TMZ: "He feels he was just slotted in the plot line of Kim's latest headline and newest business venture.

"Once they were finished taping, she just didn't need a groom anymore."

Kris is also said to be outraged that people believe he wasn't committed to the marriage.

The friend added: "He would have never flown in his childhood pastor to marry them and involve his church."

Kris' father has previously claimed his son was "blindsided" by the legal action.

William Humphries said: "There was never a discussion about it - it just came out of nowhere and blindsided Kris.

"How could someone do that? Kris was completely surprised. The news was already published before he found out.

"Kris is hurting, but we're here for him. It's not a nice situation."

It was also recently claimed that Kris had hired lawyers because he was unhappy with how he is going to be portrayed in reality TV show 'Kourtney & Kim Take New York'.

A source said: "Kris has a legal team investigating his options. He's claiming his role on 'Kourtney & Kim Take New York' is bigger than he was told, and that's why he wants more money. But Kris is also suing because he's really worried about how badly he's going to be portrayed on the series."