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Actor, White House staffer Kal Penn robbed at gunpoint

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Actor Kal Penn, who appeared in the TV medical drama “House” and the “Harold and Kumar” movies, and worked as a White House aide, was robbed at gunpoint in Washington DC Tuesday, his publicist said.

Penn, 32, who served as a political liaison with the Asian American community, was in the Dupont Circle area of the US capital after midnight when a gunman stole his wallet and other belongings, the Washington Post said.

His Hollywood-based publicist, Jennifer Goodwin confirmed the incident to AFP, but declined to provide further details.

Entertainment Weekly reported on April 2 that Penn planned to leave the White House and return to his acting career, with a Christmas-themed “Harold and Kumar” movie in the pipeline.

Penn was a prominent campaigner during President Barack Obama’s 2008 White House bid, and was offered a job in the administration in 2009.