Will Johnny Depp or Amber Heard Win? Marble Race Aims To Predict Outcome

Though the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial has much of the world on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome, one TikTokker came up with a novel way to predict the results.

The TikTok account @WeRaceMarbles is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: they race marbles. Of course, they're not just racing them for fun, but to determine different things—for example, they've got races revealing the best Hogwarts House, whether Mario or Luigi is better and which is the best video game console.

But the account's latest video is the first of three planned races to determine whether Depp or Heard will be the victor in their court case. Depp is represented by two black marbles, Heard is represented by two white marbles, and the team that wins twice is the official winner. An on-screen caption boasts a 95 percent accuracy rate, but that's most likely a joke, as it's followed by a silly smile emoji.

Though there are a number of switch-ups in the race as marbles careen off rubber band barriers and a pegboard built from nails, but, in the end, the marbles slide in place, alternating between white and black. The color of the winning marble: Black, meaning Depp is currently in the lead—at least in terms of the marble race.

The account typically posts one race a day, so viewers will have to wait until Thursday or Friday to find out who comes out on top in the mini-tournament. Despite only being up for about four hours, the video has already got over 120,000 views.

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The first marble race in a mini-tournament of three was won by Johnny Depp's side in a light-hearted attempt to predict the outcome of his trial against Amber Heard. Steve Helber/AFP/Getty

While there's been a large amount of light-hearted takes on the trial—from people celebrating Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez to a dog reenacting Heard's testimony—the core of the case is about domestic violence, as both parties accuse the other of abuse. The serious nature of the issue has made some people uncomfortable given the unserious tone of much of the discourse.

In a comment about the Saturday Night Live sketch about the trial, sex and culture critic Ella Dawson called out the show on Twitter.

"I realize we have much bigger fish to fry today, but SNL's cold open made fun of the Depp/Heard defamation trial and it repeated false claims that Heard cut off Depp's finger and defecated in his bed," she wrote. "The premise of the sketch was that the trial is 'fun' and for public amusement.

"Domestic violence is not a joke. Rape is not a joke. Abusers using the legal system to continue to terrorize their victims is not a joke. Abusers using accusations of defamation to silence their victims is not a joke."

The public nature of the trial has also caused many to take sides on the case. Heard alleges Depp would become abusive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and provides, as evidence, text messages from Depp insulting Heard to friends and photos of Heard with bruises on her face.

Depp's lawyers, however, have accused her of lying about the bruising, alleging that the products she says she used to cover bruises weren't made during the time frame she says the abuse happened, and that another product Heard mentioned couldn't be used to cover a bruise.

One of the biggest pieces of evidence for Depp's team has been a photo of Depp's severed finger. Depp testified that Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, cutting off the tip of his finger. Heard denies this, saying he cut it off himself during a three-day bender, during which he also sexually assaulted her.

Depp lost a lawsuit in November 2020 against U.K. tabloid The Sun, as the paper had called him a "wife-beater" based on Heard's allegations. Judge Justice Nicol ruled that the tabloid had enough evidence to use the term to describe Depp.

"The claimant [Depp] has not succeeded in his action for libel ... The defendants [The Sun and News Group Newspapers] have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true," the judge ruled. "I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely as well as the overarching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account."

A spokesperson for The Sun at the time said, "Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court."

Newsweek reached out to @WeRaceMarbles for comment.