It was one long, hot bathroom break.
The weekend before the government shutdown, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm took time out to sneak into the bathroom of an upscale Brooklyn wine bar with a comely gal pal — for a suspected 17-minute sex romp, sources told The Post on Tuesday.
“It just so happened a couple people [at the bar] knew exactly who he was and kept an eye on him,’’ said one source, a Brooklyn Democratic political operative who received a phone call from one disgusted eyewitness.
“Dude, I think he was in there having sex,’’ the source said, quoting the witness at The Owl’s Head on 74th Street in Bay Ridge, part of Grimm’s district, which straddles Brooklyn.
“I think it was pretty f–ing obvious what as going on in there,’’ the source said. “They said Grimm was in there with a girl for 17 minutes. I guess they were timing him.
“They were absolutely appalled,’’ the source added of the witnesses. “[The bar] is a place you go to for a quiet, romantic glass of wine, not a congressman having a tryst in a bathroom.”
Grimm, a 43-year-old former FBI agent who was married briefly in 1994, denied the account, which was first reported by BrooklynMagazine.
“This never happened, and I will not dignify this absurd distortion of the facts with a response, except to to say that this is nothing more than a typical Democrat-led smear campaign,” the congressman said in an e-mailed statement.
A source close to Grimm added, “Yes, they were there, they were having a good time. This was an old friend
“I think he did go in [to the bathroom with her] to check on her. She was upset. But it certainly wasn’t 15 minutes” and they did “absolutely not” have sex.
The handsome congressman is no stranger to controversy.
In 1999, he was working as an undercover stock trader when he allegedly waved his gun around in a Queens bar after his girlfriend’s husband confronted him. He also was accused of making a racist comment to other people in the bar at the time.
The feds also probed his 2010 campaign finances amid allegations of improper contributions from a well-known rabbi.