Indian-American actor Kal Penn robbed at gunpoint

Indian-American actor Kal Penn robbed at gunpoint

Kal Penn. File Photo. APPenn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, was in the Dupont Circle area of the US capital when a gunman stole his wallet and other belongings on Tuesday.Penn's former publicist Jennifer Goodwin confirmed a report on TMZ.com that Penn was robbed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to a police crime summary, an armed robber forced a victim to lie on the ground and give up his cell phone and other possessions.It, however, did not include names, the paper said.

Penn played Kumar in the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and had a recurring role on the Fox show "House".He has been working in the White House's Office of Public Liaison Associate Director in its Office of Public Engagement for less than a year, focusing on connecting US President Barack Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

It was reported that Penn was planning to leave the White House to resume his acting career, with a Christmas-themed "Harold and Kumar" movie in the pipeline.
Penn was a prominent campaigner during President Obama's 2008 White House bid, and was offered a job in the administration in 2009.

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