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.