I believe the solution involved pulling the handle...not pulling the handle off.
Help! I can't open my trunk. The key turns but it won't unlatch. I carefully pried up the clam and looked inside... there's nothing jammed that I could see. I even pulled on the glowing escape handle with a coat hanger (and pulled it off!). My wallet and the soft top are both stuck inside. Any suggestions?
and you'd be wrong. i appreciate your smart ass reply though