Following his conviction of marijuana use, Big Bang member T.O.P. has been reassigned and will continue his military service as a public service worker.
The decision was announced by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on August 28, saying that the singer was already informed about his new assignment. He still has 520 days remaining in his military service.
T.O.P was kicked out of his duty as a conscripted policeman by the police last July 31 after a review committee studied whether he could be reinstated to his position.
Last July, a Seoul court sentenced him to 10 years in jail suspended for two years and a fine of 12,000 won (US$10.65) after he was found guilty of all charges of using marijuana four times at his residence in Yongsan, Seoul with a female singer-trainee in October last year.
He entered the Korean military in February this year and was charged by prosecutors for the marijuana use last June.
The singer immediately issued an apology, saying "I'm too ashamed of myself to stand in front of people and apologize."
"There are no excuses for my behavior, and I deeply regret what I did. I'm afraid of what might happen in the future, and I wanted to convey my feelings in writing so that I could be cautious," he said, according to the YG Entertainment blog.
The charges came after an investigation was launched. T.O.P's hair sample tested positive for marijuana.
A day after he was indicted, T.O.P was found unconscious and was rushed to a hospital. He was later found to have overdosed on a prescription medicine.
He was discharged from the hospital a few days later and was transferred to another hospital.
On the other hand, Han Seo Hee, who smoked marijuana with T.O.P at his home, withdrew her appeal of her conviction.
In June, she was sentenced to three years in prison suspended for four years, 120 hours of drug treatment and a fine of 870,000 won (US$770) for marijuana use.
She filed an appeal to contest her conviction but decided otherwise on August 25.