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Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokudenashiko (good-for-nothing girl), announced Tuesday online that she will wed vocalist and guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys, a British folk rock outfit.

Igarashi is currently on trial for obscenity.

“I would like to thank the police from the bottom of my heart for this relationship, because it all started when news about my arrest went viral,” she tweeted on Thursday. “For my wedding ceremony, I would like to invite the prosecutors who indicted me, as well as the police.”

In an email, Igarashi explained that Scott had contacted her in September 2015. He had seen news about her ordeal and sent an email of encouragement.

“Since then he’d been supporting my cause,” she wrote. “We met in person in February 2016. He’d come to Tokyo and we started dating during his 10 day-trip here. Since then, he’s come to Japan and I’ve gone to Ireland, and our relationship became more serious.”

Igarashi says she expects their home base will be in Ireland, where Scott lives now.

Igarashi was arrested in July 2014 for distributing “obscene” objects, namely sets of digital data comprising 3-D scans of her vagina. The data was suitable for output on a 3-D printer.

The scans were part of a larger online plan to raise money to build a kayak modeled on her vagina. She was released several days later but was indicted again in December 2014 for “displaying obscene materials publicly.”

Prosecutors have asked the Tokyo District Court for a fine of ¥800,000, while Igarashi insists her art is not obscene.

The court is expected to hand down a ruling on the case on May 9.

Igarashi said aside from preparing for her book tour for the English edition of “What is Obscenity?,” she’s also currently involved in a film about her trial that will air at the post-verdict conference presented by legal defense group.

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