Kris Humphries missed a mandatory divorce settlement conference in Los Angeles on Friday (12.04.13).

The Brooklyn Nets basketball player was due in court along with his estranged spouse Kim Kardashian for a last ditch attempt to settle their bitter divorce battle before going to trial in May but he was a no show.

While the court was told, Kris was detained in New York, Judge Goldberg, who was presiding, was unimpressed and set a sanction hearing - which means Kris could face fines for not turning up - according to TMZ.

Both parties are due in court on April 19 for a pre-trial conference.

Kris is seeking to have the marriage annulled on the grounds of ''fraud'', claiming they only married to boost the viewings of her reality show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'.

Kim's mother and manager Kris Jenner, along with the show's producer Farnaz Farjam, will be witnesses at the trial, where Kim is expected to provide ''reasons why the parties' marriage should be dissolved and not annulled'' and show ''that she did not defraud (Kris) into marrying her''.

Both Kim, 32, and Kris, 28, are expected to testify during the trial, which is due to take place on May 6.