Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About John Travolta Oscars Encounter

The actress clears up what some people called a "creepy" encounter.

ByABC News
February 27, 2015, 9:58 AM

— -- John Travolta was once again the talk of the Oscars this year -- making up for his Idina Menzel gaff from last year and because of an encounter with Scarlett Johansson that had some scratching their heads.

Johansson, 30, who co-starred with Travolta, 61, in 2004's "A Love Song for Bobby Long," told the Associated Press that the picture of him kissing her on the red carpet was taken out of context.

"There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta," the "Avengers" star explained. "The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome."

She added, "That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven't seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him."

Travolta also made waves when he touched Menzel's face at the Oscars during their skit that poked fun at him calling her Adel Dazeem last year, flubbing her name.

As for that moment, Travolta's rep told US Weekly, "It was rehearsed in total. John Travolta loved working with Idina Menzel. John had a great time at the Oscars because his wife, Kelly Preston, and his daughter, Ella, were in attendance with him."