Kal Penn Robbed At Gunpoint In D.C.

06/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Kal Penn's former publicist confirms that the actor who played Kumar in the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and had a recurring role on the Fox show "House" was robbed at gunpoint in Washington, D.C.

The Indian-American actor whose given name is Kalpen Modi is working in the White House's Office of Public Liaison. He is focusing on connecting the president with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

Penn's former publicist Jennifer Goodwin confirmed a TMZ.com report that Penn was robbed. A police crime summary says early Tuesday, an armed robber forced a victim to lie on the ground and give up his cell phone and other possessions. It did not include names.

Penn did not respond to requests for comment. The Metropolitan Police Department said it could not release information.